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Noted economist Jean Dreze and two other activists working to ensure Right to Food, were detained by the Jharkhand police for two hours today was detained some 40 kilometers outside of Garhwa, located in western Jharkhand.
Dreze, along with social activist Vivek Kumar and Anuj Kumar were detained and taken to the Bishunpur police station.
Dreze was detained for allegedly organizing a meeting without permission. They were released later in the day after furnishing personal bonds.
Reacting on the report of Dreze's detention, farm activist and political leader 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."
Belgian-born Dreze, now an Indian citizen, is known for his sharp criticism of the economic policies of the Narendra Modi government. Jean Dreze is currently an honorary professor at the Delhi School of Economics and a visiting professor at the Ranchi University. He previously taught at the London School of Economics.