Around one lakh people convened in Mangaluru’s Adyar Kannur on Wednesday in a massive protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and National Register of Citizens (NRC) and it comes a month after two Muslim youth were killed in a police firing during the protest on 19th December last year.
The protest gathering was organized by Dakshina Kannada and Udupi Muslim Central Committee, an umbrella body of Muslim organisations in Karnataka and ‘We The People’, a collective of CAA protests across the country.
Activist Harsh Mander, former IAS officer Kannan Gopinathan, retired Supreme Court judge Gopal Gowda and human rights activist Shivasundar addressed the protesters along with the Muslim leaders of Mangaluru.
The Udupi district Khazi and senior Islamic scholar Alhaj Bekala Ibrahim Musliyar inaugurated the public gathering.
Naushin, 23 and Abdul Jalil Kudroli, 49 were killed in police firing during the anti-CAA protest on 19th December last year.
Muslim leaders called for a judicial probe into the police killings while addressing the protesters. They demanded a judicial inquiry into deaths.
“Home Minister Amit Shah said he will not step back an inch on Citizenship Act but he is saying that after going two kilometers back,” Kannan Gopinathan said while addressing the demonstrators.
Many protesters of all ages around, raising slogans against CAA and NRC, waving national flags, while some carry placards against police killings and brutalities against CAA protests. They say they will continue the protest until the law is repealed.