Chennai: Following the outbreak of novel coronavirus, the month-long agitation at Washermanpet, Chennai against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) National Register of Citizens (NRC) and National Population Register (NPR) was temporarily called off by the protesters early on Wednesday.
"Due to coronavirus spread and to support the state and the central government to contain the same, we have called off our protest," Latheef, an organizer of Shaheen Bagh Vannarapattai Anti-CAA NRC-NPR protest said.
Tamil Nadu chief secretary K Shanmugam on March 14 met with representatives from the Muslim community at the State Secretariat and urged them to call off the protests.
Scores of people including women had been sitting in protest against the CAA at Washermanpet for the last 33 days in the area that is being called Chennai's Shaheen Bagh, which is modelled on the Shaheen Bagh protests in Delhi.
Such protests have also been going on in other places of Tamil Nadu.
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