Multiple protests broke out in parts of Chennai on Friday, 14 February night, after police lathi-charged and detained anti-CAA protesters from the city’s Old Washermanpet area.
In a statement to The News Minute, Sahiya, a protester who was allegedly roughed up by the police, said, “When we refused to leave, they pulled us by the hair and dragged us from the road. When we questioned them, they carried us bodily with two people holding our feet up.”
In a statement to local media, police said that they had detained protesters and released them after urging them to maintain peace.
The reports of police action triggered more protests across the city.
Apart from Washermanpet, areas such as Kathipara, Guindy and Anna Salai in Chennai witnessed protests as well. Beyond the city, Madurai, Trichy, Coimbatore and Salem also witnessed protests following police action.
One police officer, Vijayshanthi, was reportedly injured in stone-pelting and hospitalised.
Videos of the alleged police action in the area purportedly shows cops dragging and beating protesters.
Meanwhile, an image of a 70-year-old Muslim man who passed away during the time of the protest had also begun circulating on social media, with the claim that he was killed in the violence during protests.
The police have dismissed the reports as fake, and urged citizens to not believe them.
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