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CAA: Spirited protest by students at Madras university

Students of the University of Madras staged a spirited protest inside the campus from Tuesday morning till late into the night. They were joined by students of city colleges in opposing the Citizenship (Amendment) Act and the police action on protesters elsewhere.

Over 500 students from the university and colleges across the city gathered at the main entrance of the university’s main campus on Kamarajar Salai. They shouted slogans against the Union government for having enacted the “discriminatory and divisive” legislation. The protesters said the amendment to the Citizenship Act was unwarranted and threatened their social, economic and cultural identity. The agitators also condemned the “police brutality” against the students of Jamia Millia Islamia in Delhi and Aligarh Muslim University.

Two students — Karthikeyan and Subbaya — were picked up by the police on the Marina campus. Apparently, they were receiving students from other colleges. The duo were forcibly bundled into a police van and taken into custody. Their arrest led to the intensification of the stir on the main campus.

The police said they will release the arrested students if the agitators dropped their stir. Vice-Chancellor P. Duraisamy and Registrar R. Srinivasan held talks with the protesters. But the students said they will not budge till the CAA was withdrawn.

The university administration declared holiday from December 18 to 23. Already vacation was planned from December 24 to January 2, this has been further extended.


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