Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) chief MK Stalin condemned the police action carried out on anti-CAA protesters in Chennai, by calling it a “planned attack”. He went on to call 14th February a Black day after reports of anti-CAA protesters being lathi-charged emerged.
“This is a planned attack by government against peaceful protesters,” said Stalin.
He demanded the scrapping of all the cases registered against the protesters and also asked the concerned authorities to take strict action against the policemen who initiated the lathi-charge.
Over thousands of people had gathered in Wahermanpet, Chennai, to protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), National Register of Citizens (NRC), and the National Population Register(NPR). Clashes erupted between the police personnel and the protesters when reportedly, some dissidents were forcibly removed from the protest site.
When the dissidents refused to budge, the police initiated a lathi-charge to clear the area.
The police said that four cops, including a woman deputy commissioner, two women personnel, and a sub-inspector, were injured in the stone-pelting done by the protesters. This statement came amid reports of protesters being injured due to the lathi-charge.
Reports of some protesters being detained came in, leading to the gathering of more people for demanding their release. Reportedly, the situation is under control now.