Osmania ‘beef festival’ row: Police raid hostels, detain 30 students, BJP MLA Raja Singh

A 'curfew-like' situation prevailed on the campus with heavy police security being deployed to prevent any untoward incident.

Written by Sreenivas Janyala | Hyderabad | Updated: December 11, 2015 12:55 am
Osmania University, bjp, Beef festival, beef, Beef festival Osmania University, hyderabad Beef festival, Beef festival row, beef row, Beef festival controversy, beef news Hyderabad: Osmania University students before police foiled a 2km planned run in support of a proposed Beef Festival in the Campus in Hyderabad on Monday. Permission has not been granted for the festival on Dec 10. PTI Photo

At least 100 students from unions attached to Students Federation of India cooked and consumed beef in their rooms in ‘C’ Hostel, Triveni Hostel and Ambedkar Hostel of Osmania University Thursday, even as hundreds of policemen in riot gear surrounded the campus and prevented anyone from outside from participating in the ‘beef festival’.

The police later raided the hostels and detained 30 students for display and consumption of beef in public. BJP MLA T Raja Singh, who had threatened to cleanse the university by organising a ‘gau puja’, was also taken into preventive custody, Deputy Commissioner A Ravinder said. The situation in and around the university remained tense throughout the day.

University authorities and the police had earlier asked the students to not “vitiate the academic atmosphere” on campus by conducting the beef festival in the open, resulting in the students cooking in the hostels instead.

“We were intimidated and threatened not to organise this festival in a democratic manner. University and police failed to protect our rights in choosing what we eat,” K Shanker, one of the organisers of the beef festival, said.

Shanker, who is a member

of the All India Students Federation, said the festival was to coincide with World Human Rights Day “to uphold democratic principles and values”.

Musabir Ali, another organiser, said, “We purchased the beef and brought it to the hostels and cooked in our rooms. Students of three hostels participated in this.”

University Registrar Suresh Kumar said the university followed orders from the High Court at Hyderabad, asking the university not to allow beef or pork festivals on campus. However, in a sign of defiance, the students who cooked beef sent out photos on social networking sites which went viral by evening.

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    m sharma
    May 30, 2017 at 9:19 am
    Sad as Indians have nothing to do Spending time for any issue whereas no attention is given on productive work Ever heard of such protests in USA and Europe Go to any city you Will find people chatting away any time of day
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      Ashirita
      Dec 11, 2015 at 7:08 am
      Australian professor's recent research shows that Beef eaters have high fertility rate when compared to vegetarians. I would love to marry a Beef eater than a Vegetarians. It is easy to date a Beef eater as they are flexible in food choice when we eat at restaurants.
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        Don
        Jun 2, 2017 at 3:34 am
        Yes they are easy to date and easy to switch from one to other. they eat anywhere, anything anytime, similarly they can can mate anywhere, anyone and they can get you aids.
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        Romik
        Dec 10, 2015 at 11:55 pm
        They need to be re educated. Multiple medical studies have shown harmful effect of beef. Cancer per WHO!
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          Sujahath
          Dec 11, 2015 at 4:27 am
          Even Smoking and alcohol has harmful effect, yet people go cant stop it. If is is about health, let the individual decide whether or not to take it.
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            Sujahath
            Dec 11, 2015 at 4:20 am
            Y do people relate Beef meat always with Cow. Not all Beef meat is from Cow. I agree that Cow slugger should be banned across country as it hurts religious sentiment. But what is the problem with Bull and Buffalo, I don't see nay religious tag with it. yet people always link Beef with COW. I also don't understand the idea of punishment for possession of Beef and Punishment for COW slugger which is currently in few states. Why there is not law in states that also punish those who sell the COW to sluggers. Aint they equally culpable? When they respecct cow as god or mother, y do they sell it once they dont make money with its milk?
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