- Hyderabad : Osmania tense over beef fest, ABVP calls for bandh (April 16, 2012)
April 27, 2012
Calling it a symbolic move, the VHP and Bajrang Dal activists conducted a Saraswati Puja at the temple near the Arts College and a Gomatha Puja at the Kanakadurga Nagalakshmi Temple at Basheerbagh.
“Cow slaughter has been banned long time back, but the government has repeatedly failed to implement it. We pray that the government acts soon,” said Nomula Vinod, president, Bajrang Dal Greater Hyderabad. He further clarified,“ we do not oppose beef eating by individuals but oppose the same at a sacred place like the university. The puja has been conducted to pray that God may give good conscience to the students who were misled by anti-Hindu elements
that organised the beef festival on the campus.” The ABVP students denied that a purification ritual was conducted on the campus. “The puja was initially planned here but the venue was changed to Basheerbagh. We want to maintain a peaceful atmosphere in the campus,” said Ramakrishna, ABVP president and a student of OU.
Sudharshan, a dalit research scholar who headed the recent beef festival at OU, said, “there is nothing like campus becoming impure. We demand immediate arrest of offenders during the beef festival under the SC/ST Atrocity Act”.
Source : IBN Live
April 16, 2012
Hyderabad : A student of the Osmania university in Hyderabad 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.
Protestors set afire a bus of state-owned Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC).
The clashes broke out on 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.
The ABVP, which opposed the beef festival, called for university shutdown on 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.
Source : Hindustan Times
April 15, 2012
Speaking to media persons here on Thursday, Federation president Mahesh Agarwal strongly condemned the proposed ‘Beef Festival’ to be held in the Osmania University on April 14 and 15. He demanded that the University police book cases against all those who involved in the gruesome activity under Sections 428, 429, 153 and 295 IPC without any delay to avoid any kind of untoward incidents. The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation should enter the campus and stop the festival, confiscate the beef recovered.
Agarwal pointed out that Oxford dictionary defines beef as flesh of a cow, bull or ox used as food and this flesh can be obtained only after slaughtering cow, bull or ox and consumed, he added.
Telangana Madiga Dandora general secretary Daida Syam Sundar and Akhil Bharatiya Bhavsar Kshatriya Mahasabha vice president Mahdadev Patange were also present.
Source : Siasat