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Bhim Army Chief Detained In Hyderabad Ahead Of Anti-CAA Protest

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Hyderabad: 

Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad detained in Hyderabad ahead of a planned protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act and the National Register of Citizens (NRC) on Sunday evening. Lungerhouse police said the administration had not given permission for the agitation, and the Dalit leader was taken into custody to prevent him from going ahead with it.

According to news agency IANS, Chandrashekhar Azad and a few supporters were on their way to the Crystal Garden in Mehdipatnam to address the protest rally when they were taken into custody. They were subsequently taken to Bolaram police station, it added.

“He has been detained under Section 151 because permission was not granted for the public protest. He is likely to be let off soon,” Hyderabad Police Commissioner Anjani Kumar told. This particular provision of the Indian Penal Code allows police to detain or arrest anybody who is likely to “disturb public peace”.

Chandrashekhar Azad’s detention comes barely 10 days after his release on bail from Tihar Jail on January 16. He was arrested on charges of inciting a crowd to take up an anti-Citizenship Amendment Act protest in the national capital’s Daryaganj area last month.

The Dalit leader had sent out a Twitter alert regarding his detention 15 minutes before reports finally emerged on news agency platforms. “Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad has been detained by the Hyderabad police,” his tweet read.

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