Several students of IIT-Madras are protesting against the attack on a research student who participated in a “beef fest” on the campus earlier this week, an NDTV report said today. The fest was organised in protest against the NDA Government’s new cattle sale rules. Students believe the new rules interfere with their right to eat whatever they want. According to The Indian Express, the students protesting the attack on PhD scholar Sooraj marched towards the administrative block of the IIT on Wednesday, demanding that those responsible for the attack be expelled from the institute. They also demanded the institute to bear all the medical expenses incurred by the victim.
Since the Centre introduced new rules banning the sale of cattle, including cows, for slaughter at animal markets across the country, there have been protests in several parts of India.
Here are five developments since last few days in connection with the row:
1) Students of IIT Madras went on a protest on Wednesday morning against Centre’s new rules to regulate sale of cattle and attack on PhD scholar Sooraj for organising a ‘Beef Fest’ on the campus. Eight students were booked for allegedly beating up Sooraj, who took part in the fest on Sunday night, an ANI report said. The accused were booked under IPC Sections 147 (Punishment for rioting), 341 (Punishment for wrongful restraint), 506(1) (criminal intimidation) and 323 (Punishment for voluntarily causing hurt).
2) The Madras High Court on Tuesday stayed the Centre’s new rules to ban the sale of cattle for slaughter at animal markers for four weeks. It asked for responses from the state government as well as the Centre on the issue, according to IE.
3) Kerala BJP chief Kummanam Rajasekharan on Wednesday slammed the ruling CPI(M) in the state. He dared the Left leadership to hold beef festivals in the national capital. “I wish to ask Sitaram Yechury and Prakash Karat…Do you have the courage to organise beef fests publicly in front of AKG Bhavan in New Delhi? Why are you not doing it there,” he was quoted as saying by ANI.
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4) Protesting the move, West Bengal Education Minister and Trinamool Congress leader Partha Chatterjee said on Sunday that Narendra Modi government made the new rule in “complete violation of the federal structure” of the country. Chief minister Mamata Banerjee also said that her government would not accept the Central rules.
5) Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan said on Sunday that the diet of Malayalis may not be decided by Delhi or Nagpur. At an event in Alappuzha, the CM said the state government would ensure facilities for people of the state to eat the food of their choice. “Malayali diet need not be decided by Delhi (read Union Government) or Nagpur (read RSS headquarters). Nobody can change our diet,’’ he was quoted as saying by IE.