Anti-CAA protests: Thousands of Muslims take to streets in Tamil Nadu
Agitators -- majority of them Muslims -- carrying placards against CAA, NRC and NPR, besides the Indian flag, converged at Chepauk as part of their plan to lay seige to the Tamil Nadu Assembly, located inside the state Secretariat, and raised slogans against the amended law.
A large number of anti-CAA protesters, majority of them Muslims, held a massive protest against the amended Citizenship Act at Chepauk in Chennai, even as agitations were held across Tamil Nadu on Wednesday.
The protest call here was given by a collective of Muslim outfits. Agitators carrying placards against CAA, NRC and NPR, besides the Indian flag, converged at Chepauk as part of their original plan to lay seige to the Tamil Nadu Assembly, located inside the state Secretariat, and raised slogans against the amended law, according to a PTI report.
Scores of Muslim women joined the agitation here.
The Muslim outfits in the state have demanded that the state Assembly adopt a resolution against the controversial legislation in the ongoing session, concluding on Thursday.
Massive rally in Chennai demanding the Tamil Nadu government to adopt resolution against #CAA_NRC_NPR— Kavitha Gajendran (@kavithazahir) February 19, 2020
Protests, siege rallies pan out across the state.
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The Madras High Court had on Tuesday restrained the Muslim outfits from going ahead with their seige protest. Earlier, protesters converged at Chepauk in Chennai, resulting in traffic congestion at key points on the arterial Anna Salai.
Security had been beefed up in and around the Secretariat.
Anti-CAA protests were held elsewhere in the state, including Madurai and Tirunelveli, with members of the Muslim community hitting the streets against the Citienship Amendment Act.
Last week, spontaneous protests erupted across Tamil Nadu condemning the police brutality against protesters who had been demonstrating against the CAA at Washermanpet area in Chennai. The demonstrators had accused the police of resorting to a lathicharge. Four policemen were reportedly injured in clashes with protesters.
The contentious CAA act seeks to grant citizenship to migrants belonging to Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Christian, Jain and Parsi communities who came to India from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan on or before December 31, 2014.
The CAA came into force in India in December. Post that, there have been widespread protests in the country against the act which many claim is “discriminatory” on religious grounds as it apparently excludes Muslims.
But the BJP government maintains that the act is meant for minorities persecuted in three neighbouring countries due to their faith.