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Anti-CAA march in Chennai after HC denies permission

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.

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Last Updated: Feb 20, 2020, 08.20 AM IST
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Women take part in a protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), National Register of Citizens (NRC) and National Population Register (NPR) in Chennai.
CHENNAI: A confederation of Muslim groups led a massive rally towards the Tamil Nadu Secretariat in a demonstration against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) on Wednesday.

It came a day after the Madras High Court denied permission to protesters to lay siege to the state assembly and press for passage of a resolution against CAA, National Register of Citizens (NRC) and National Population Register (NPR).

Bearing placards, the protesters marched the short stretch from Kalaivanar Arangam to Chepauk Stadium along Wallajah Road, raising slogans against CAA while waving the national flag, taking it up a notch from continuous protests after police detained protesters late last Friday.

The protest was organised by political parties and organisations under the leadership of the Jamaat Ul Ulama. “This march was to press the CM to take action against CAA and NRC as he is under the wrong notion that it won’t affect us,” said AS Fathima Muzaffer, state convenor, Federation of Tamil Nadu Muslim Women.

The march in Chennai was carried out amid heavy police deployment. The police cordoned off the road leading up the Secretariat. Security was heightened at the Tamil Nadu assembly.

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