Attack on IIT Madras scholar over beef fest: Victim, eight others booked

Sooraj, a PhD scholar in aerospace engineering at IIT-Madras, was attacked by a group of students allegedly led  by an ABVP sympathiser, Manish, for attending beef party on Sunday. His right eye has been severely injured.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: May 31, 2017 11:53 am
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Eight students have been booked for allegedly beating up IIT-Madras PhD scholar R Sooraj after the latter took part in a ‘beef fest’ in the campus on Sunday night. The accused have been booked under IPC Sections 147 (Punishment for rioting), 341 (Punishment for wrongful restraint), 323 (Punishment for voluntarily causing hurt) and 506(1) (criminal intimidation). The victim, whose right eye has been severely injured, has also been booked under IPC Section 324 (voluntarily causing hurt) and Section 341 (wrongful restraints).

B Anoop, a witness to the incident, said he was having lunch with Sooraj in the college canteen when the group approached them. “They asked Sooraj whether he had attended the beef fest and eaten beef. Sooraj replied that he had. When they threatened him, he protested. Immediately, they started hitting him on the head. As I tried to stop the attackers, others who had gathered there prevented me…the leader of the gang kept on hitting Sooraj on his face,” he said.

Sooraj, a PhD scholar in aerospace engineering at IIT-Madras, was attacked by a group of students allegedly led  by an ABVP sympathiser, Manish. “On Monday, he (Manish) had threatened a few other students too,” an IIT-M official alleged. “After he went around saying he wanted to kill those who eat beef, a PhD student who was threatened had filed a complaint with the campus security.” On Monday, Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan denounced the attack and requested his Tamil Nadu counterpart Edappadi K. Palaniswami to take necessary action.

A group of 70 to 80 students held the beef festival on Sunday evening to demonstrate against the Centre’s notification on cattle sale rules. Beef is not banned in Tamil Nadu.

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  1. I
    May 31, 2017 at 12:01 pm
    BEEF FEST was held in IIT, Madras by a some "STU-PID ID-IOTS" to provoke. .................. Provoked "STU-PID ID-IOTS" thrashed the BEEF FEST "ID-OTS". ..... Its QUITS now.
    1. Damodar Biswal
      May 31, 2017 at 11:47 am
      Violence in any form should be condemned n I condemn the attack on the organiser of the beef feast.But was it necessary to publicise the beef feast to provocate beating?
      1. B
        May 31, 2017 at 11:33 am
        What for students go to IIT ? IITM is very tough !
        1. S
          May 31, 2017 at 11:32 am
          Although the efficacy of the regulation is debatable, a section of society particularly South Indians appears to be overzealous to eat beef. First Jallikattu, then Kambala, now this beef fest. They have established themselves as cruel, barbaric, inhumane and oblivious to the pain of defenseless bovines. Shame on you the South Indians. And here our didi has got a golden chance to consolidate so called minority votes and has proudly declared that she would not abide by the order. Without bothering to go through the nitty gritty of the order she has raised her federalism crocodile. As if she is an epitome of federalism. Also shame on ourselves (the Benagalees).
          1. Prasanna Gandhiraj
            May 31, 2017 at 11:57 am
            Dear Sukumar, Don't make such sweeping declarations on all south Indians. yes these reactionary incidents occur in a fit of emotional outrage in young minds. but for these reasons declaring entire south Indians as barbaric shows your inexperience. Are you aware Bengal ranks highest in ual violence against women so will you accept if a south Indian declares the w of bengal as a Rapist state. Learn to think using your brains and put the wording right. And moreover don't consider yourself to be a saviour of defenseless bovines.
          2. R
            May 31, 2017 at 11:09 am
            looks kind of biased reporting. only the narrative of the so called victim....... reporters should engage in presenting the news in neutral manner with point of view of all parties involved.... i would call it in-campus brawl....
            1. G
              May 31, 2017 at 11:54 am
              You are BJP supporters so it's look baised
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