Jean Dreze detained in Jharkhand over meet on right to food: Report

Renowned economist Jean Dreze was detained by Jharkhand Police on Thursday morning. Photo: Twitter

The Jharkhand Police detained renowned economist Jean Dreze near Garhwa in western Jharkhand on March 28, India Today reported. According to some other news reports, Dreze, along with two others, was detained for intending to hold a public meeting on issues such as right to food and were unable to get permission from authorities.

Reacting to the news, Yogendra Yadav tweeted: “Shocking beyond words! Jean Dreze is a saint-economist, a potential Nobel awardee who lived in slums, written and done more for the poor than any economist, shunned all power and glory, took up Indian citizenship, is a pacifist. Nothing can be more shameful than arresting him.”