New Delhi: DMK chief MK Stalin on Saturday called the Chennai Police’s crackdown on anti-CAA protesters last night a ‘planned attack’ even as protests, triggered by the police action, continued today. Also Read - Chennai Police Lathicharge Anti-CAA Agitators, Action Triggers Protests Across State | Watch
Last night, police had cracked down on an anti-CAA protest in the city’s Washermanpet area, prompting a faceoff in which both protesters, as well as police personnel sustained injuries. The protests against the crackdown have spilled over to other cities as well.
Reacting on the development, DMK chief Stalin, earlier today, said, “We condemn the Edappadi government’s police crackdown on the night of February 14, in a deliberate attack on people who fought peacefully against the CAA.”
“The detainees should be released and cases against them withdrawn,” he added. Calling CM Edapaddi K Palaniswami’s government ‘anarchic,’ he further said that the state government will not only not defend democracy, but will ‘aggressively’ beat up those who are fighting to save democracy.
Last evening, trouble began when over 100 people were detained by the police from the protest site. Cops resorted to lathicharge to control the crowd which became restive due to the detention of the protesters.
The police, however, denied that they lathicharged the protesters, saying instead that only ‘mild force’ was used to control the crowd. They also denied that the crackdown had led to deaths of two protesters, including a 70-year-old man.
It later turned out that the man died due to suffocation on being caught up in the scuffle.