Chennai: City-based anti-corruption NGO Arappor Iyakkam on Saturday (January 4) asserted that Tamil Nadu Police are "filing false FIRs" against people protesting the Citizenship (Amendment) Act and National Register of Citizens (NRC) peacefully.

"The police are unleashing violence in the form of denying permission and filing false FIRs against peaceful protesters. In the last 20 days, protests have remained completely peaceful in the state, but the police are still denying them permission to protest on the instructions of the state and Central government," Jayaram Venkatesan, the convener of Arappor Iyakkam told media.

He urged people to continue protesting in a peaceful manner to ensure that the state government listens to them.

Earlier, former Ramanathapuram MP and Tamil Nadu secretary of AIADMK's minorities welfare wing, A Anwhar Raajhaa said the party leadership should take into account the apprehension of Muslims in the state regarding CAA.

"It is high time that the chief minister passed a resolution against the CAA (Citizenship Amendment Act) and NRC (National Register of Citizens) just like neighbouring states such as Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar and Odisha," Anwhar Raajhaa said.

People, for over a month, have been protesting the newly enacted law across the country. The CAA seeks to grant Indian citizenship to Hindu, Christian, Sikh, Buddhist and Parsi refugees from Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh who entered India on or before December 31, 2014.