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How students sneaked in ‘NO NRC’, ‘NO CAA’ on t-shirts during India-Australia clash at Wankhede

Once inside, they arranged themselves in order so that the message read as “NO NRC”, “NO NPR”and “NO CAA”.

Written by Devendra Pandey | Mumbai | Updated: January 15, 2020 11:53:01 am
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No banners with messages and an intense scrutiny of those in black – this was the brief to those manning the gates at the Wankhede Stadium that hosted Tuesday’s India-Australia ODI. This new security diktat was put in place after police shared inputs with the Mumbai Cricket Association about possible protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) during the game.

It is also learnt that the Indian cricket board had instructed its production crew to be judicious in this regard during the telecast.

“Mumbai Police has received intelligence that few groups are planning to have anti-CAA protests during the game. We were apprised of the situation and that’s why police decided that no placards, colours, banners will be allowed during the game. As far as removing black clothing is concerned, it applied only to those wearing two layers of clothing,” informed an MCA official.

These unusual instructions resulted in several turnstiles arguments during the first half of the game. With India batting first, there was a rush at the gates to get in. However, fans wearing India blues over their black clothes were escorted to restrooms by private guards. However, despite the tight surveillance a section of the crowd in the lower stand did manage to display ‘NO CAA, NO NRC, NO NPR’ message on their T-shirts.

Also read: Didn’t raise slogans against NPR or NRC, says student who participated in anti-CAA protest at Wankhede

Anticipating that those wearing black will be denied entry in the Wankhede stadium on Tuesday, a group of 25 students decided to wear white t-shirts with just a single alphabet — N, R, C, A, O, P — printed on it.

Once inside, they arranged themselves in order so that the message read as “NO NRC”, “NO NPR”and “NO CAA”.

This article originally appeared in the print edition with the headline: ‘NO NRC’, ‘NO CAA’ protest during India-Australia clash at Wankhede 

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