Wankhede Stadium
The protesters at the Wankhede Stadium (Credits: Twitter)

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The widespread protest over Citizenship (Amendment) Act, National Register of Citizens (NRC) and National Population Register (NPR) reached the Wankhede Stadium too on Tuesday when India took on Australia in the first ODI. A group of individuals decided to use the platform to raise their voice against the Indian government’s decision.

The CAA seeks to grant Indian citizenship to refugees from Hindu, Christian, Sikh, Buddhist and Parsi communities fleeing religious persecution from Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh and who entered India on or before December 31, 2014. The act has divided opinions throughout the country. There are also protest in various parts of the country as few sections have expressed their reservations over the act.

On the other hand, the NPR is a register of residents of India where the enumerator collects demographic and biometric data of individuals living at the place of enumeration for six months or more. The NRC stands of National Register of Citizens which helps in identification of illegal immigrants.

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Talking about the protest at the Wankhede Stadium, a few individuals decided to raise their voice against the acts on a global platform. The authorities had banned black clothing fearing protests and thus the individuals came up with another idea. They came to the stadium wearing white t-shirts that had No CAA, NO NRC and NO NPR written over them.

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But before the matter could get out of hands, the security personnel arrived at the scene and were seen talking to the individuals. And as the discussion was going on, almost the entire stand started chanting ‘Modi, Modi’. The protesters were soon escorted out of the stadium.

Here is a clip of that incident: 


India, meanwhile, finished their innings on a modest 255 after a poor display from the middle-order. Asked to bat first, India were off to a poor start as Rohit Sharma departed cheaply.

However, Shikhar Dhawan (74) and KL Rahul (47) steadied the ship and set the platform for a big total by adding 121 runs. But once Dhawan and Rahul departed in a space of six runs, India kept losing wickets at regular intervals and were all out for a below par 255.