On Tuesday, Wankhede Stadium hosted the first match of three-match ODI series between India and Australia. However, the venue became a protesting platform for students opposing the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), National Register of Citizens (NRC) and National Population Register (NPCA).
A group of 26 students wearing white T-shirts with big bold black letters imprinted on them managed to sneak into the stadium and used their bold message to raise their voice in protest – “NO CAA”, “NO NRC” and “NO NPR”.
“They were 26 persons in total and they were sitting in the Vijay Merchant Pavilion side. They themselves vacated the stadium as Indian wickets began falling in a heap,” Fawad Ahmad stated, he is a part of ‘Mumbai Against CAA’ group.
#Wankhede Stadium shouting slogans of NO NPR,NRC and CAA.
— Fahad Ahmad (@FahadTISS) January 14, 2020
The students had made video before entering the Stadium where they had requested the Maharashtra government not to implement the NPR in their state.
A senior official of Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) Apex Council claimed “There was no diktat about any colour, but no posters of any sort were permitted inside the stadium as it was the instruction from the local police.”