Hundreds of members of Islamic outfits took to the streets and blocked streets in many places in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry on Friday evening, hours after Chennai police used Lathicharge to disperse a large group of anti-CAA protesters in Washermenpet.
Long-distance buses have been hit in many places. Arterial roads, including Anna Salai and Jawaharlal Nehru Salai in Vadapalani in Chennai, as well as parts of the east coast road, have witnessed heavy traffic growls.
A large number of people gathered at major intersections in Madurai, Coimbatore, Tiruppur, Salem, Tiruchi, Vaniyambadi, Tirupathur, Krishnagiri, Villupuram and many other places in the state to condemn the "police operation".
In Salem, Mofussil and city buses were stranded up to one kilometer due to a protest near the New Bus Stand. In Tiruchi, TMMK members held protests at several locations to secure the release of their leader Hyder Ali.
Previously, a large number of anti-CAA protesters, mostly Muslim, gathered peacefully in North Chennai. But parts of the crowd became restless after the police tried to disperse them. The joint police commissioner Vijayakumari and the inspector from Rajamangalam were injured in close combat. Some demonstrators were beaten up by the police.
Police intensified surveillance across the state.