Vested interests behind anti-CAA protests, Muslims attacked police first: CM

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Monday said the AIADMK government will not allow any action that would affect Muslim brothers and sisters.

Stressing that the government will protect the interests of minorities, Palaniswami appealed to Muslim outfits to reject false propaganda and malicious rumours and cooperate for social harmony.

He  said police had to use force during the anti-CAA protest at Washermenpet in the city on Friday as the agitators damaged public property and pelted stones, slippers and water bottles at the police.

He was replying to a question raised by Leader of Opposition M K Stalin about force used against the protestors. ”Why did not the Chief Minister or any Ministers went and met the protestors and held discussions with them? Police must give appropriate protection to the protestors. All cases filed against them should be withdrawn,” Stalin said.

Violence at an anti-CAA protest here days ago was due to instigation by vested interests and the agitation spilled over to several parts of Tamil Nadu as people were swayed by rumours,  Palaniswami informed the Tamil Nadu Assembly.

As the protest entered the fourth day here, Palaniswami asserted in the House that ‘Amma’s (late Jayalalithaa) government,’ will not allow any measure that may go against the minorities in the State. ”

Palaniswami said the protest was staged without proper prior permission and it created inconvenience to the public. ”An elderly man died of natural reasons during the night of the protest, but this was misinformed creating panic.

Police had to use force only after they were subjected to attack. Those who were detained in a bus damaged the vehicle in which they were taken. Various rounds of talks were held with the leaders.”