Last evening, Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad had been detained in Hyderabad before a protest that was planned against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act or CAA. This morning he said that he was “being sent to Delhi”. He also stated that before he was detained, his supporters were beaten up by the police.
Earlier this morning, he posted a tweet in Hindi saying, “Dictatorship is at its peak in Telangana… First, our people were thrashed with sticks and then I was arrested. Now, they have brought me to Hyderabad airport and are sending me to Delhi.” Azad tagged Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao’s office and further wrote, “Bahujan Samaj won’t forget this humiliation… I will be back soon.”
Chandrashekhar Azad was on his way to the Crystal Garden in Hyderabad’s Mehdipatnam with some of his supporters on Sunday to evening to address a protest rally but they were taken into custody at the airport.
Azad was “detained under Section 151 because permission was not granted for the public protest,” said Hyderabad Police Commissioner Anjani Kumar. According to this section, the police can detain or arrest anyone who is likely to “disturb public peace.”
The commissioner sent out an alert on Twitter about the detention 15 minutes before there were any reports on news platforms. The tweet read, “Bhim Army Chief Chandrashekhar Azad has been detained by the Hyderabad police.”
It had only been 10 days since Chandrashekhar Azad’s release from Tihar Jail on January 16. He had been taken into custody with charges of inciting a crowd to take up anti-Citizenship Amendment Act protest in Delhi’s Daryaganj area last month.
The Bhim Army chief has become a well-known face of the nationwide anti-CAA protests in the last few weeks. However, his efforts and attacks on the citizenship law have not toned down.