Several parts of Tamil Nadu are witnessing protests Saturday, a day after the Chennai Police lathicharged anti-CAA protesters in Washermanpet, leaving several injured. Shops in the locality remained closed today, as more than 1,000 women gathered to stage a sit-in protest in the area.
The Chennai police lathi-charged protesters on Friday evening in an anti-CAA demonstration in the Washermanpet area. As many as 150 people have been taken into police custody.
The protesters from various outfits said they were protesting peacefully in their locality when police intervened and resorted to lathi-charge. “Many were injured, some were brutally beaten up,” said an eyewitness.
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The Chennai Police has reportedly lathi-charged the protesters who had been demonstrating against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), the National Register of Citizens (NRC) and the National Population Register (NPR) at Washermanpet in Chennai, Tamil Nadu.
Thousands had gathered in protest against the CAA, NRC, and NPR. The situation escalated after police asked protesters to vacate the area.
The police resorted lathicharge to remove the protesters and clear the area when the demonstrators did not budge.
The violence has led to sporadic protests in at least a dozen major towns in the state. Traders in Coonoor have shut shop to protest the alleged police atrocities against anti-CAA protesters in Chennai. There were reports of protests in Tiruchendur also.
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Over 1,000 people carried out a protest outside a post office in Kumbakonam district, while another protest took place at Melapalyam in Nellai. The protesters have staged road roko on the Chidambaram-Trichy Highway in Tamil Nadu to condemn the violence while over 500 people are demonstrating in Ramanathapuram district.
Protests were also seen in New Delhi, outside Tamilnadu Bhavan where police arrested the students protesting against police brutality in Chennai.
Students protesting police brutality on anti CAA protestors in Chennai, in front of Tamil Nadu Bhavan New Delhi today, arrested. Over 40 are being taken to mandir marg thana.
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Opposition leader DMK President M K Stalin slammed the police action against anti-CAA protesters and the ruling government for voting in favor of the citizenship amendment act in the Parliament.
He said the protests were being held in a peaceful manner and sought to know why the police used force to disperse them. He also sought action against those police personnel who allegedly used force against the agitators.