Srinagar: Noted economist and activist Jean Dreze and two others were on Thursday detained in Bishunpura, Jharkhand, by police for organising a meeting on Right to Food, reports said.

Dreze was part of the National Advisory Council, at the time of the Congress-led UPA. He was detained in Garhwa, in Jharkhand.

The Belgian-born development economist, in a WhatsApp message to a friend, said: “We want permission to hold the meeting today itself. Even evening. A big meeting was held in same village last night without permission.”

Police told them to hold the meeting another day. They were detained for holding the meeting without permission.

This post was published on March 28, 2019