An anti-CAA protest by Muslims turned violent when a group of protesters clashed with police in Chennai late on Friday night, leaving at least four personnel injured.
Even as Muslims staged protests in various parts of Tamil Nadu today too, hashtags started trending in social media, blaming that the DMK was instigating the Muslims and was behind last night’s violence.
Four police personnel — a woman joint commissioner, two women constables and a sub-inspector — were injured in stonepelting, the police said, even as reports emerged that some protesters were also hurt.
After the police resorted to lathicharge following stone throwing during protests after Friday prayers in the pre-dominant Muslim area of Washermanpet in North Chennai, the protesters blocked roads in the area leading to chaos.
The police claimed that they charged only after three police officials including a woman police constable were injured in unprovoked stone throwing.
Long distance bus services were hit at many places. Arterial roads, including Anna Salai and Jawaharlal Nehru Salai in Vadapalani in Chennai, and parts of the East Coast Road witnessed major traffic snarls.
Large numbers of people gathered at key junctions in Madurai, Coimbatore, Tiruppur, Salem, Tiruchi, Vaniyambadi, Tirupathur, Krishnagiri, Villupuram and many other places in the State condemning the “police assault”.
Greater Chennai Commissioner of Police, A K Viswanathan, today called on Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami at the latter’s camp office here, following the violence that broke out at an anti-Citizenship Amendment ACT (CAA) protest in the city last night.
During the meeting,reports said, the top official explained the CM the circumstances that forced the police to resort to use force on protesters.