IIT-M Scholar Beaten For Participating in Beef Test, HRD Minister Orders Probe

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On Tuesday, a group of IIT-Madras students allegedly thrashed. A PhD scholar at  IIT-Madras, R Sooraj participated in a beef festival which is organised in the institution on May 29, 2017 l held to protest the central government’s ban on sale of cattle for slaugh.

The festival organizers from the institution told Hindustan Times that During lunchtime on Tuesday, six to seven students surrounded R Sooraj, an Aerospace engineering, PhD student at a hostel canteen and attacked him. The organiser of beef festival in institution, Abhinav Surya, a final year mechanical engineering student said that Sooraj’s right eye was badly  damaged and immediately, he was rushed to the hospital.

Beef Ban Protest

Abhinav Surya told Hindustan Times, ” We have lodged a complaint with the Dean of IIT-M and are planning to register a police complaint as well.” On all this activity in college campus, the Human Resource Development ministry sought for a report from the institute, on Tuesday.

According to sources, the HRD ministry has asked to the director of institute to provide complete facts about the incident after speaking to both the parties because for now, it is being felt like that the media is showing the version of only one student.

Beef Ban Protest

Institute Sources said, institute is planning to sought a final report on the matter and with clear facts that will emerge after they  receive a reply on the issue from both the parties. Violence of any kind is not at all acceptable in college campus. On Sunday evening, a group of around 70 to 80 students held the beef festival to demonstrate against the Central government  notification and guidelines that they had right to choose their own food.

Central government  notification on beef fest echoed with similar kind protests in various other parts of the country as well, neighbouring state Kerala is also included against the controversial rule that many say hurts millions of poor farmers and mostly Muslim and Dalit meat traders. The West Bengal and states of Kerala have rejected the centre’s notification and called it a violation of India’s federal structure.

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