Beef festival turns Osmania into battlefield

By: admin
Updated: 16 Apr 2012 12:40 AM


Hyderabad: A
student of the Osmania university here was stabbed for supporting a beef
festival organised by several student groups opposing "food fascism" in
hostels, police said Monday. The beef festival saw clashes, which saw five
students being injured, and even led to vehicles being burnt.

The
situation in the university was tense as violence continued in the campus
past midnight with a group of students attacking the 'C' hostel and
stabbing a student for supporting the beef festival. Police said the
injured student was admitted to Gandhi Hospital here.


Protestors
set afire a bus of state-owned Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport
Corporation (APSRTC).

The clashes broke out Sunday night after
some Dalit and left-wing student groups organised a beef festival on the
campus, to highlight their demand for including beef in the hostel menu.
Over 200 students and some professors attended the festival and ate
various dishes made of beef.






Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) activists staged a
protest against the festival and clashed with the organisers. The two
groups attacked each other with stones and sticks. Five students were
injured in the clashes. Two vehicles were also set afire.

Police
used teargas shells and batons to disperse the clashing groups. The
campus, which witnessed many violent protests over separate Telangana
state during last two years, turned into a battlefield.

The beef
festival was organised by Telangana Students Association, Progressive
Democratic Student Union, Student Federation of India and student groups
from English and Foreign Languages University.

The organisers
claimed that beef is the part of their cultural identity and an affordable
source of nutrition. They said the festival was to oppose 'food fascism'
in university hostels.

Supporting the demand, P.L. Visweswara
Rao, former professor of communication and journalism at the university,
said students have a right to seek a particular food. He alleged that the
police and the university administration failed to protect the students
participating in the festival.

Th ABVP, which opposed the beef
festival, called for university shutdown Monday.

Police have
sealed all the routes leading to the university and deployed additional
police and paramilitary forces on the campus to prevent further clashes.




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