Hyderabad has seen a rise in flash protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) across the city over the past week after the police denied permission to conduct any public meetings or protests against the law.
Police have been taken by surprise and are unable to track such protests. On 12 January, about 200 people, mostly women, gathered at the Toli Chowki area in Hyderabad, and continued their protest past midnight. Some people were detained and a cop was reportedly injured.
Students from various colleges and universities have been holding flash protests in various parts of the city. In most cases, the protesters disperse before the police arrive.
“We had done a flash protest at the Mehdipatnam cross roads …The police told us to protest in a rented hall, and we pointed out that permissions were not being given. Even if we apply for permissions, we won’t get it. So this is the only way. Kanhaiya Kumar’s meeting was cancelled because of this," said Namrata Jaiswal an activist from the city, who has been part of the anti-CAA protests.
Police denied permission to Communist Party of India (CPI) leader and former Jawaharlal Nehru University students union (JNUSU) president Kanhaiya Kumar to address a public meeting at a hall on 13 January. People participated in the ‘Million March’, which was finally held after the organizers, from various Muslim and social organizations, approached the high court.
Hyderabad police commissioner Anjani Kumar said his department has a social media monitoring cell which keeps an eye on flash protests.