Hyderabad: At a time when flash protests against Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and National Registry of Citizens (NRC) are raging across the country, Ghoshamahal police has detained protestors who were peacefully protesting late in the night at Tolichowki on January 12. The protest, which went on till the early hours of January 13, witnessed around 700 people who had gathered impromptu.

Among the protesters  two students were also detained. The students were released later. According to sources, some of the other protestors had been detained some time around 3.30-4 am, but were let off at 8 am.

Speaking about the protest, a concerned citizen said, “Police were present in mufti. We normally take out such protests without announcing them beforehand, but they have managed to come and detain protestors.”

Another source said, “Around forty people who have been detained are in Ghoshamahal police station. They are being asked to sign 40 A statement.”

Several citizens cried foul at the sudden detention of protestors. One of the women who had gathered for the protest said, “This was a peaceful protest. We did not create any traffic issues. Protesting is our right and I don’t know why the police is unnecessarily coming up with such moves.”

Earlier, police had denied permission to the public meeting organised by CPI, where former JNU president Kanhaiya Kumar was to speak, on January 13.

Amritha Mohan

Amritha Mohan is a reporter at the NewsMeter. Shortly after completing her Master's in Communication at the University of Hyderabad, she began teaching courses on media and culture as a guest lecturer at the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, North-Eastern Hill University (NEHU), Shillong. Amritha has previously interned with news organisations such as Greater Kashmir and Newslaundry. A lover of travel and photography, she spends most of her time planning road trips to the North-East. Nothing makes her happier than a green turf and a team to play football with. She primarily reports on education, tech, human-interesting and critical features.

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