A massive rally, in which thousands of people once again gathered in protests to protest agains the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC), was held in Hyderabad’s Old City on Friday afternoon. A sea of people participate in a rally which culminated into a public meeting, which was organised by the United Muslim Action Committee, which is led by the All India Majilis-e-Ittiehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM).
The ‘Tiranga’ rally drew thousands of people, especially Muslims, from across the city, who turned up in large numbers. The rally was held from the Mir Alam Eidgah to the Shastripurm grounds, where AIMIM chief and member of Lok Sabha from the Hyderabad seat Asaduddin Owaisi addressed the meeting. The scene was similar to the ‘Million march’, which was held earlier this month, wherein thousands of people had come to to protest against the CAA and NRC.
Participants of the rally, with the tri-colour in their hands, also carried a very long version of the national flag. Owaisi and other Muslim leaders addressed the public meeting after the rally.
Prior to this, thousands of citizens turned up to protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act and the National Register of Citizens at Hyderabad’s Dharna Chowk on 4 January. The ‘Million March’ protest, which was conducted by an umbrella of Muslim and civil society organizations, drew a sea of protestors from all walks of life, in spite of the Hyderabad police stating that only 1,000 people would be allowed to gather the site.
The protest had been a victory for the organizers, who were first refused permission to conduct a rally at Hyderabad’s Tank Bund (which is one of the main thoroughfares connecting different parts of the city). The permission to hold the public meeting at Dharna Chowk was given after the organizers approached the Telangana High Court, which asked the city police to reconsider the application for the protest.
The cops finally allowed for the meeting to be held from 2 to 5 pm. The organisers were however booked by the city police for violating the condition that only 1,000 people could gather.