TN: IIT-M scholar beaten up for participating in 'beef fest'

31 May, 2017, 00:35 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • Students at IIT-Madras organised a beef festival on the campus on Sunday

The PhD student identified as Sooraj on was part of the group of at least 50 students protesting against the Centre government's new rule on cattle trade that bans sale and purchase of the bovine animal for the goal of slaughter or religious sacrifice.

Chennai: A Keralite student of the Indian Institute of Technology - Madras (IIT-Madras) here was brutally beaten up by ABVP activists for taking part in a beef fest organised in protest against the central government's recent order banning sale of cattle for slaughter through animal markets. R Sooraj, 36, a research scholar in the aerospace engineering department, suffered multiple injuries to the eye and face. "We have not heard of such an incident", Ramamurthy said.

An eye-witness told CNN-News18 that the attackers warned for more assaults in future and also issued death threats to all the "beef eaters" on the campus.

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The M.Tech student, Suraj, is associated with the Ambedkar Periyar Study Circle, the news channel reported. "The group pulled his friend away".

Sooraj's right eye was severely damaged in the attack and he rushed to the hospital. "But they asked us to take him elsewhere as the injury was severe", said Parameswaran. The police said that they will file an FIR after getting the FSL report. A case was yet to be registered till 10pm.

The feast, which was attended by about 50 students on Sunday night, created controversy with BJP Tamil Nadu unit demanded the suspension of Dean fo the IIT-M.

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