April 17th, 2012
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Beef festival:Tension prevails in Osmania University

beef-festivalHyderabad: The Osmana University continues to be enveloped in a blanket of tension, even a day after the beef festival that attempted to break the caste equations attached to food, triggered violent clashes between the organizers and protestors. Student groups that support and oppose the “food fascism” slapped cases against each other.

Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad activist, Rama Rao, filed an attempt to murder case against members of the festival organizing committee. In retaliation, T Venkateswaralu, a member of the festival committee, lodged a complaint against some ABVP students for beating him at the Old PG hostel.

Rama Rao, a second year MA (Sanskrit) who was allegedly gagged and stabbed named seven members of the organizing committee of the fest. Around the same time, students of the festival organizing committee lodged a complaint with the police accusing seven members of ABVP of attacking them the previous night. The OU police have booked cases under section 307 and SC/ST Atrocities Act respectively in the two cases.

The beef festival was organized by Telangana Students Association, Progressive Democratic Student Union, Student Federation of India and student groups from English and Foreign Languages University. The organizers 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. The clashes broke out on Sunday night as the student groups organized 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.

The organizers of the fest said that the attack on them proved the fact that their food habits were considered offensive and unholy. “We were resisting this very cultural invasion which manifested itself in violence. We suspect the involvement of right wing groups from outside in the violence. The university authorities should make this campus safe for its students,” said K Rajesh. The organizers had conducted a protest meeting on campus where BJP MLA Kishan Reddy’s effigy was burnt for allegedly sponsoring the violence.


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