DMK conducts protest without permission, cops monitor with drones

DMK today went ahead with its rally against the  Citizenship (Amendment) Act planned despite the Chennai Police refusing permission citing security reasons.

The DMK was backed by an order of the Madras High Court, which held a late-night hearing on a Sunday, that neither stayed nor allowed the rally.

The court, while seeking to know why permission was denied, told the Chennai Police to video graph if any rally takes place today.

Over 15,000 workers from several political parties are participating in the DMK-led march. DMK workers chanted slogans condemning the Centre and AIADMK government

DMK cadres from all party districts in Chennai, Kancheepuram, Chengalpet have been asked to be present at the rally. DMK expected not less than 10,000 to 15,000 people to participate but police expect the crowd to be around 20,000. Police have been monitoring the rally with drones.

Besides DMK president M K Stalin, Congress leader P Chidambaram and MDMK’s Vaiko are also participating in the rally.

After Delhi used drones for surveillance during the anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protests, Madras HC has asked the Tamil Nadu police to do the same to ensure the safety of citizens.

The judgment was passed after a petition was filed in the Madras HC against the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) anti-CAA rally, which will be held today (December 23). This comes after the local political party Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) was seeking permission to hold a rally in Chennai, but the local police did not give them permission. DMK filed for permission on December 18.