NEW DELHI – The protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the proposed nationwide National Register of Citizens (NRC) reached Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium on Tuesday, with a group of students seen wearing T-shirts that read “No NRC, No NPR, No CAA” during the first ODI between India and Australia.
A group of college students from Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai University and IIT Bombay entered the venue with T-shirts protesting against CAA and NRC — two issues that have triggered widespread protests and violence in the country, leaving 26 dead.
When we were chanting India India they starts with Modi Modi for us India is supreme for them Modi is Supreme.
— Fahad Ahmad (@FahadTISS) January 15, 2020
Describing the protest sequence, one of the protesters Fahad Ahmad said “Nope, we were not evicted, nor escorted out. Nothing of that sort happened”.
“Sequence: Around 3.20 pm we opened up our shirts. Raised “jeetega bhai jeetega, India jeetega”,
This went on for 20 minutes. Some of us went in front and formed “No NRC” which is when the modi bhakts started taking objections, security came and asked us to leave. We refused. Then they asked to cover t shirts. Which we did, but left buttons open.
When the 45th over got done, we all quietly, peacefully left. No one evicted us, no one booed us, no one said anything while leaving. Before leaving, we again raised the same slogans.
Everything went off peacefully”.
“Twenty-five students from various colleges took part in the protest,” said Arish Qamar, a research scholar from International Institute for Population Sciences in Mumbai. Qamar said the students removed their outer clothing between the 15th and the 20th over of the Indian innings to reveal the slogan.
“We opened our outer shirts somewhere around the 20th over. We chanted slogans during the match, such as ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’, ‘Vande Mataram’ but no slogans were raised regarding NPR, NRC or anything,” he said.
Qamar said security personnel intervened when they were displaying the message on T-shirts and were asked to remove them.