Kerala: 6 college students suspended for conducting ‘beef fest’ protesting against Dadri lynching

According to the management of Sree Kerala Varma College, the action was taken against the students, all activists of Students Federation of India, for serving beef inside the campus violating disciplinary rules of the institution.

By: PTI | Thrissur | Updated: October 5, 2015 6:34 pm

Six students of a leading government-aided college here have been suspended for allegedly conducting a ‘beef festival’ inside the campus to protest against the lynching of a man in Uttar Pradesh over rumours of eating beef.

According to the management of Sree Kerala Varma College, the action was taken against the students, all activists of Students Federation of India, for serving beef inside the campus violating disciplinary rules of the institution.

The activists of SFI, the students’ wing of CPI(M), had allegedly distributed beef and bread to students on October 1 as a symbolic protest against the beef ban initiated in some states and the gruesome killing of 50-year-old Iqlak, who was lynched at Dadri over beef eating rumours.

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College Principal, C M Latha, said non-vegetarian dishes are not served within the college even during official functions and she had warned SFI activists not to distribute beef as it was against the custom of the institution.

“We are not against students’ protests. But, in this case, I had warned students not to distribute beef within the campus and advised them to conduct the protest outside the college premises if they are so particular to do so,” she told PTI.

“Our college has a tradition of not serving non-vegetarian dishes even for official functions. So, the management felt that it was not fair to distribute beef within the campus,” she said.

The activists of SFI and ABVP, students’ wing of BJP, had even clashed with each other over the conduct of the ‘festival’ the same day.

ABVP activists, who opposed the fest, were allegedly beaten up SFI members and police registered FIR against 12 ‘unidentified’ students in this regard.

Latha said the action was taken also based on the news photos of the day and the police FIR.

The period of suspension would be decided by the disciplinary council of the college later, she added.

Founded by Maharaja of erstwhile Kochi state, Sree Kerala Varma College is now managed by Cochin Devaswom Board, an autonomous organisation under the state government.

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    J. Eapen
    Oct 6, 2015 at 2:56 am
    Kerala - the most progressive state in the Indian Union - taking the first steps to fight the Hindu Taliban
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      adam
      Oct 9, 2015 at 2:56 am
      WELL Muslims join the beef festival very keenly .Hindus in kerala are fools .I myself stay at Ernakulum .let them hold a pork festival then we will see how much brotherhood is there .
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        abdul
        Oct 5, 2015 at 5:42 pm
        Now, India can have clear laws to declare cow as mother of Hindus. Killing of cows and beef export should be banned. Hindus also worship rats as vehicle of Ganesha. Killing of rats should also be banned. If a clear laws are made it will be easy to take disciplinary and legal action against those who kill the animals worshipped by Hindus. without such laws there is much confusion in the society.
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          Anoop Pattat
          Oct 7, 2015 at 9:43 am
          Exactly the reason why a beef festival is farce in a state like kerala
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            An
            Oct 5, 2015 at 4:21 pm
            Stop terrorizing the students!
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