Ramachandra Guha, a well-known historian, and activist had detained on Thursday afternoon in Bangalore. Guha has tried to attend a protest at Town Hall to agitate against the implementation of the Citizenship Amendment Act.
Bangalore City Police Commissioner, Bhaskar Rao, has imposed Section 144 on the city for three days, starting Thursday morning. As such, people had forbidden from gathering in groups of more than three or for protests at public forums. Nonetheless, Bangalore has experienced widespread protests over the CAA, both from popular as well as political quarters. Guha got picked up by the police at one such rally, which was taking place at Town Hall, where protests and rallies popularly take place. Strictly speaking, Guha has not been formally arrested and charged, merely detained by the police.
Guha, an alum of St. Stephen's College, Delhi, is the author of popular nonfiction such as 'India After Gandhi'. He has been well known to criticize government policy and is widely regarded as a liberal, secular intellectual. His detainment is being seen by many as the act of a repressive state in quashing dissent.