Osmania University beef festival: Hyderabad Police detain 16 students

10 Dec, 2015 12:45 pm

HYDERABAD (92 News) – At least 16 students of Hyderabad’s Osmania University were arrested on Thursday over plan to have a beef festival on campus in defiance of a court ban.

A lawmaker, Raja Singh, was also placed under house arrest as the authorities tried to ward against communal trouble. Singh, who represents the Goshamahal area, had pledged to celebrate “Gau Seva Diwas” or cow protection day to counter the beef festival. The BJP lawmaker has also planned a protest rally.

Heavy restrictions are in place in the university today with policemen swarming the campus. Barricades have been put up and movement has been restricted. A group of students had also announced that they would organize a “pork festival” today.

The students say the festivals are meant to assert everyone’s right to choice at a time the country is in the middle of a debate over perceived “intolerance”. Earlier this week, several students were stopped by the police from taking out a two-km run in support of the beef festival.

The Osmania University, one of the country’s oldest institutions, had earlier announced that it would not allow activities unrelated to academics, including the beef and pork festivals on its campus.

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