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Osmania varsity tense following clashes over beef festival

The beef festival was organized opposing "food fascism" in hostels.

 
Hyderabad: 

The situation in Osmania University was tense after a student was stabbed for supporting a beef festival in the campus and five others were injured in clashes April 15.

The beef festival was organized by several student groups, including dalit and left-wing groups, opposing "food fascism" in hostels, police said.

The student groups were trying to highlight their demand for including beef in hostel menu of the university located in Hyderabad, capital city of Andhra Pradesh.

But trouble started when over 200 students and some professors attended the festival and partook of various dishes made of beef.

Incensed Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) activists staged a protest against the festival and clashed with the organisers.

The two groups attacked each other with stones and sticks. Five students were injured in the clashes. Two vehicles, including a state transport bus, were also set on fire.

Police used teargas shells and batons to disperse the clashing groups.

The organisers claimed that beef is a part of their cultural identity and an affordable source of nutrition. They said the festival was to oppose 'food fascism' in university hostels.

Supporting the demand, P.L. Visweswara Rao, former professor of communication and journalism at the university, said students have a right to seek a particular food.

He alleged that the police and the university administration failed to protect the students participating in the festival.

The ABVP, which opposed the beef festival, called for a university shutdown on Monday.

Police have sealed all the routes leading to the university and deployed additional police and paramilitary forces on the campus to prevent further clashes.

Source: NDTV

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