Police gave permission for a public meeting to be organized at the Dharna Chowk against the CAA, NRC, and NPR. The permission to hold the public meeting was given after the organizers approached the Telangana High Court
Thousands of citizens turned up to protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act and the National Register of Citizens at Hyderabad’s Dharna Chowk on Saturday afternoon. 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 in a way was 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) last month. 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.
Given the anti-CAA and -NRC sentiments running among citizens, many turned up of the protest much before 2 pm, with the crowd continuing to swell even at around 3 pm. The incoming sea of citizen protestors also resulted in the police opening the NTR Stadium behind Dharna Chowk, in which many of the protestors were accommodated. The turnout was undeniably much higher than what was expected.