IIT Madras beef fest: Students demand administration to expel those who attacked PhD scholar

Spelling out their list of demands, the protesters said the administration must bear all the medical expenses incurred by IIT Madras PhD scholar Sooraj. The general students body must also be informed about the action taken against the attackers, they said.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: May 31, 2017 11:51 am
A group of students taking part in the protest march. (Source: Express photo)

A group of IIT-Madras students protesting against Tuesday’s assault on a PhD scholar, Sooraj, marched towards the administrative block on Wednesday, demanding that the assailants be expelled from the institute. Saying that the attackers pose a threat to the safety of students in the varsity, the group claimed that they also have a history of violent behaviour. Around 70-80 students participated in the march. Spelling out their list of demands, the protesters said the administration must bear all the medical expenses incurred by Sooraj. The general students body must also be informed about the action taken against the attackers, they said.

“We are strong on our demands. We want expulsion of attackers. This is the 4th time in 6 months that the Perpetrators have given threats (this time going all the way to physically assault) and no strict action was taken earlier even upon complaint. We definitely want expulsion this time,” one of the students told The Indian Express.

The Dean invited two representatives to hold talks with the administration.

On Tuesday, Sooraj, a PhD scholar in aerospace engineering, was attacked by a group of students led by an ABVP sympathiser. Anoop, a student who witnessed the attack, said Sooraj was attacked by a gang of eight near the canteen sometime after 2 pm. “We were having lunch when they approached us and 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 suffered severe facial injuries and he had to be shifted to an eye hospital in Chennai. A senior IIT-M official said the leader of the gang, Manish, is an MS Ocean Engineering student and an ABVP sympathiser. “On Monday, he had threatened a few other students too,” the 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.”

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).

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  1. H
    Honest Indian
    May 31, 2017 at 8:45 pm
    In an engineering Ins ute, those who take part in political protests and events need to be fined and those who perpetrate violence should be rusticated for a semester.
    1. P
      May 31, 2017 at 8:40 pm
      If Gau Bhakts really love cows – they should purchase all cows from everybody and if saffron Govt really has Gai Mata sacred for Hindus ( obviously only for Brahmin Banias ) Bhakts or Feku RSS /BJP govt should give each SC/ST/OBC Minority home 1 kg Badam 1 kg Pitsa 30 kg Palak , 20 kg Arhar dal , 20 kg Soyabeans and 12 Dozen Eggs per month free of cost – then only it is possible for Meat / Beaf eaters to stop Meat / Beef eating – and then after alternate arrangements of Nutrition Govt may bring Cow bill – All India will support
      1. S
        May 31, 2017 at 8:36 pm
        The Sooraj first went to Jain Canteen and attacked Manish who is in hospital. In scuffle he also got injured and now this sissy and his friends are crying foul... Reservations has allowed such fools to get into IITs.
        1. S
          May 31, 2017 at 7:12 pm
          WHICH is the true version ? do we need any judicial enquiry into these...first of all why should they conduct beef festival inside the IIT campus.....have the students been there to study or to create politics..??
          1. A
            May 31, 2017 at 7:02 pm
            A PhD s tudent becomes a "scholar" ! So what does a real PhD become ? Delusional Indian Media .
            1. R
              May 31, 2017 at 6:23 pm
              Please stop referring to the student as scholar. Even after receiving PhD one does not become scholar, it requires a lot more accomplishments to be known as scholar.
              1. W
                May 31, 2017 at 6:22 pm
                So it has become an ABVP Sympathiser, from ABVP members. Keep it up IE. Nothing more expected from you.
                1. M
                  May 31, 2017 at 6:15 pm
                  If those who held beef fest in the campus did so WITHOUT TAKING PERMISSION then they too should be expelled
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