Cattle slaughter ban: IIT Madras students went on a protest on Wednesday morning against the cattle slaughter ban and attack on a fellow PhD scholar for organising ‘Beef Fest’, reported news agency ANI. According to the agency, the revolutionary students and youth front started protesting against the alleged attack on PhD scholar R Sooraj. Earlier, it was reported that eight students were booked for allegedly beating up Sooraj who took part in a ‘beef fest’ in the campus on Sunday night. The accused have been booked under IPC Sections 147 (Punishment for rioting), 341 (Punishment for wrongful restraint), 323 (Punishment for voluntarily causing hurt) and 506(1) (criminal intimidation).
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The victim, whose right eye has been severely injured, has also been booked under IPC Section 324 (voluntarily causing hurt) and Section 341 (wrongful restraints). B Anoop, a witness to the incident, told The Indian Express that incident took place in the college canteen. “They asked Sooraj whether he had attended the beef fest and eaten beef. Sooraj replied that he had. When they threatened him, he protested. Immediately, they started hitting him on the head. As I tried to stop the attackers, others who had gathered there prevented me…the leader of the gang kept on hitting Sooraj on his face,” he was quoted saying.
The Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan condemned the act and called it unfortunate. “Our Constitution has given us the freedom to consume the food of our choice and any act of intolerance is a violation of the basic rights enshrined in the Constitution,” the chief minister said in a statement. Vijayan said he would ask the Tamil Nadu chief minister to take necessary action against those responsible for the attack on R Sooraj. Sooraj suffered injuries in one of his eyes, the chief minister said, adding it was unfortunate.