IIT-Madras student attacked for taking part in beef fest

With his right eye severely injured, R Sooraj, a PhD scholar in aerospace engineering, was first taken to the campus hospital.

Written by Arun Janardhanan | Chennai | Updated: May 31, 2017 8:43 am
Beef ban, Beef feast, Kerala cm, IIT madras feast, IIT madras student, chief minister, bjp, cow slaughter, india news, indian express news A gang of eight attacked Sooraj on Tuesday. Express Photo

A PhD scholar was attacked by a group of students, led by an ABVP sympathiser, at in IIT-Madras on Tuesday after he took part in a beef festival organised on the campus on Sunday night. With his right eye severely injured, R Sooraj, a PhD scholar in aerospace engineering, was first taken to the campus hospital and then shifted to an eye hospital in the city, a senior IIT-M official said. Beef is not banned in Tamil Nadu.

B Anoop, another student and witness to the incident, said a gang of eight attacked Sooraj near the canteen sometime after 2 pm. 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.”

Anoop said, “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.” S Sivakumar, dean of students at IIT-M, refused to comment on the incident.

On Monday, H Raja, BJP leader in Tamil Nadu and the party’s national secretary, had demanded action against Sivakumar for not stopping students from holding the beef festival on campus to protest against the Centre’s new rules on cattle trade. A senior police officer said a team was sent to the private hospital where Sooraj was subsequently shifted to record his statement. “The process was delayed since he was taken to the emergency for CT scan,” the officer said.

IIT-Madras director Bhaskar Ramamurthy was not available for a comment. Later in the evening, Sooraj’s friends distributed cooked beef outside the campus to protest against the attack. Demanding action against those who attacked Sooraj, students have called for a march to the administration office of IIT-Madras on Wednesday.
Condemning the attack on Sooraj, Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan has issued a statement.

“It is unfortunate that a young man’s eye has been thrashed for merely eating beef. Our constitution gives us the right to consume whatever food we like to. Intolerance towards it is, in fact, intolerance towards our constitution itself. I will request the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu to take necessary action in this incident,” he has said.

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  1. C
    Jun 26, 2017 at 3:48 am
    These extremists are hijacking our religion. To eat or not to eat beef should be a personal choice, even if to show respect to Gods. Our religious scriptures do not prohibit consumption of beef with the exception of female cows. Anybody that says otherwise need to show documentation. These extremists, if not checked now, are going to cost modiji his next election and undo all of his hardwork over the past few years. You got to take care of the farmers and you got to maintain a secular climate. With the exception of this the Indian voters will spit bjp out come next election.
    1. N
      May 31, 2017 at 10:05 am
      All sickular can go to hell. Indians had enough of these barbarians from Middle East imposing their intolerance and violent behavior on Sanatan Dharma. Enough is enough. If you are not happy with Indian values go and live with your polygamous, paedophile, slave trading warlord's cult. How will these s feel if a pig was killed in Aligarh Muslim University and shared and celebrated its eating? If they do not have respect for the fee s, way of life and 'non-conversion and non-b ing others kafirs, heretics, pagans, apostates/ belief then it is better that majority declare a social agitation to boycott of all intolerant religionists and demand change of India to a Hindu State. Let all Hindu vote for BJP in all states with one-point agenda, they shall commit that once they have majority in Rajya Sabha and most of the states, they will change the cons ution to make India a Hindu state.
      1. I
        May 31, 2017 at 10:56 am
        then you have to leave India, you guys came from middle east. check the history and check the facts.
        1. K
          May 31, 2017 at 1:31 pm
          Sir u need to check the facts ...dont fell pray to british propangda of Aryan invasion...we are as indegenous to india as u r
      2. N
        May 31, 2017 at 9:53 am
        May be it is time India shall declare India a Hindu state.
        1. S
          Siddharth Raghuwanshi
          May 31, 2017 at 8:35 am
          Protest is important in a democratic setup, but it should not shed blood, whether it is of Human or animal.
          1. Ajaypal Sidhu
            May 31, 2017 at 8:34 am
            Shameless chaddis. Do this drama to hearts' content till 2019. All of you laptop patriots would be wetting your khakhi chaddis as soon as there is a change in the govt, We'll see if you can preach the same hate then. You are comparing a human with an effing animal. Remember, internet is not as anonymous as it seems. Beware !
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