Hyderabad: Mild tension prevailed in Hyderabad on Tuesday morning when a discussion on the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and National Register of Citizens (NRC) was met with some resistance from the police, which cited trouble from groups who were against the event. The discussion was opposed by some as Ladeeda Farzana and Ayesha Renna, two students from Jamia Milia Islamia University (JMI), who have been leading the protests against CAA and NRC, were invited as speakers.
The event, scheduled to be held at 11 am, witnessed a posse of policemen turning up at Lamakaan, the cultural space (at the city's posh Banjara Hills area) where the discussion was held. At the end, while it began late, everything passed off peacefully without any untoward incident. A day earlier, over 1,000 people, including many students, had turned up at the historic Arts College in Osmania University to protest against the CAA and NRC. Both Ayesha and Ladeeda had spoken at the protest meeting as well.
“In Delhi, people are protesting with their families near Jamia Milia. We are seeing even small children come to the protests. But it is painful to see their childhood being spoilt like this," said Ayesha, during the discussion at Lamakaan. She added that the student community in JMI is currently scared after the brutal police crackdown against protesting students which took place earlier this month.
“Now the public has taken up the protests, and we will also continue with our protests. We do not want any amendments, it must be revoked (CAA). It is a matter of our existence," added Ayesha, when asked about the reason behind them agitating against the new act, which was passed by parliament earlier this month. In Hyderabad, while the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), which voted against CAB in parliament, has so far maintained its silence in public.
Telangana chief minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao has not said anything on the matter so far, unlike other non-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ruled states, which have openly said they will not implement CAA or NRC in their respective states. Andhra Pradesh chief minister on Monday was the latest person to say that he would not implement NRC in his state.
The All Indian Majilis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen, member of parliament (from the Hyderabad seat) Asaduddin Owaisi, has opposed the CAA. Owaisi from Tuesday also launched (from Mahbubnagar district) a series of public meetings under the banner of the United Muslim Action Committee against the CAA.