Centre scared of historian Guha: Mamata Banerjee

Centre scared of historian Guha: Mamata Banerjee

Mamata Banerjee said that the Centre is scared of historian Guha on his detention in Bangalore

Historian Ramchandra Guha (R) holds a placard against India's new citizenship law during a protest held in spite of a curfew in Bangalore on December 19, 2019.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday condemned the detention of historian Ramachandra Guha and others in Bengaluru for staging a demonstration against CAA and NRC.

Extending her solidarity with Guha and other agitators who were detained on Thursday morning, Banerjee said the Centre was scared of one of India's "most accomplished" historians.

"This government is scared of students. This government is scared of one of India's most accomplished historians for speaking to the media on #CAB #NRC and holding a poster of Gandhiji. I condemn the detention of Ram Guha. We extend our full solidarity to all those detained," she tweeted.

As many as 24 people, along with Guha were detained by the Bengaluru Police while protesting against the Act.

Police said the protesters had violated prohibitory orders clamped in the city against any protest or demonstration.

Guha said it was "absolutely undemocratic" that police was not allowing even a peaceful protest, which is the democratic right of the citizens.

He was taken away by the police personnel and forced into a vehicle parked nearby.

Banerjee has been vocal against the Act and NRC and had already staged three violent protest marches in Howrah and Kolkata since Monday.

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