Hyderabad: Flash Protest at Night Against CAA-NRC-NPR After Police ‘No’ for Sit-in

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Protestors in Hyderabad demonstrate against denial of permission by police to hold sit-in. Photo credit: Siasat Daily

 Zafar Afaq | Caravan Daily

HYDERABAD— As the city police refused permission to women for holding a sit–in at Dharna Chowk for Sunday, people poured into the streets Saturday night and held spontaneous protests against the CAA and NRC at Mallepally area here.

The protest was attended by women in considerable numbers and they also protested against the refusal of permission for the sit-in. The permission had been sought by the Joint Action Committee, an amalgam of civil society groups that holds public protests against the CAA and NRC.

Well-known activist Khaleda Parveen led the protesters who carried banners and placards with slogans against the new citizenship law — termed both divisive and discriminatory.

“We demand Chief Minister of Telangana, KCR, to get the police allow peaceful protests across the state, although the application for women’s sit-in was filed only with the city police commissioner,” Khaleda Parveen told Siasat Daily.

Around 12 at night, police arrived on the spot and rounded up scores of protesters including many women, put them in police vans and took them to the Goshmahal police station. The police invoked Section 41-A against the detained. The protesters alleged they were made to sit out in the cold under the open sky. “It was inhumane,” said protester Ammar.

A stone’s throw from the protest spot, a night Mushiara in memory of late poet Shah Alam was on, and senior parliamentarian Asaduddin Owaisi was the chief guest. The protesters said they were unhappy the Hyderabad lawmaker did not bother to come and express solidarity with them. Owaisi is a vocal critic of the new law and has come in open support of the protests against the CAA. But, in his home turf, he is supportive of the TRS government of K Chandrashekar Rao, under whose watch the police is allegedly suppressing the anti-CAA protests.

Soon after the arrest, Mushtaq Malik, a senior lawyer and member of JCC along with his associates arrived at the police station. The police did not allow them meet the detainees. A local lawyer, Khaled, reached there in the morning and assisted the detainees and assured them of legal help.

“We were released at 8:30 in the morning but the police confiscated our identity cards,” Parveen told Caravan Daily by phone. “We have been asked to report back to the police station on February 12 and collect our cards.” Parveen said that unless the protesters are given permission to hold a protest sit-in on the pattern of Shaheen Bagh of Delhi, the flash protests will continue.

The protest movement against the CAA-NRC, led by women, have taken the shape of sit-ins across towns and cities after the women of Shaheen Bagh, a Muslim locality in Delhi, started it in mid-December.

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