CHENNAI: Sooraj R has suffered badly for leading the beef fest at IIT-Madras. A Ph.D student at IIT Chennai, he had reportedly led Sunday’s “beef fest” at the IIT-Madras. The beef fest was organized in the state to vent their ire against the Union government’s cattle trade rules last week.
This was not the only beef fest in South India. In the neighboring state of Kerala, more than 300 beef fests were organized by the different political parties across the state. Beef is staple diet in Kerala and buffalo and cow meat is eaten by a substantial chunk of the population.
To be true, the consumption of beef in Kerala has gone up substantially. Both the governing alliance and the opposition parties have united on the issue of beef.
In Tamil Nadu too, the opposition DMK has resolved to oppose the central government’s step tooth and nail. Other state governments, including West Bengal have expressed their resolve to challenge the Union government’s animal trade regulation.
In the meantime reports suggest that at IIT beef ban, as many as 80 students reportedly discussed the Central government’s recent ban on sale of cattle for slaughter at cattle markets and ate beef as a mark of protest. Slaughter of cow and calf is banned in Tamil Nadu but there is no bar of slaughter of buffaloes, ox or bull.
Sooraj R was viciously attacked at the hostel mess around lunch when Sooraj R was asked by another student why got involved with the “beef fest”. Around the same time, five-six other people surrounded Sooraj and started beating him up. Sooraj’s received injuries in his right eye and was taken to hospital by his friends.
The issue has taken a serious turn with the Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan condemning the attack against Malayali student and asked his Tamil Nadu counterpart Edappadi K. Palaniswami to take necessary action.