‘Beef festival’ row: 8 organisers detained, BJP MLA arrested

Hyderabad (PTI): Eight organisers of the controversial ‘beef festival’ on Osmania University campus were detained while BJP MLA T Raja Singh, who was opposing the the event, was arrested here this morning, police said.

A ‘curfew-like’ situation prevailed on the campus with heavy police security being deployed to prevent any untoward incident.

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A students’ group had earlier declared that it would hold a ‘beef festival’ on the campus today, coinciding with the World Human Rights Day, while another group also announced its plan to organise a ‘pork festival’ the same day, which raised the possibility of confrontation.

“We detained last night eight key members of the group which announced the beef festival today. As per court order, we will not allow any festivals on the Osmania University campus,” a police official told PTI.

Assistant Commissioner of Police K Ram Bhupal Rao told PTI that they arrested BJP MLA from Goshamahal, T Raja Singh, as a preventive measure to maintain law and order.
The legislator had vowed to stop the ‘beef festival’ and also announced that he along with other groups would perform a “Gau Puja” (cow worship) today.

A city civil court had passed the status quo order three days back, which amounts to staying the holding of the festivals, on a petition filed by an advocate.

The petition contended that these events are in violation of Cruelty Towards Animal Act and Cow Slaughter Act, and hurt the religious sentiments of the people.

Largescale violence was witnessed when beef festival was organised on the campus by a section of students in 2011, 2012 and 2014, said the petition.

On the University premises, police imposed restrictions on movement of people and vehicles.

Barricades were put up at all the vantage points of the institution and heavy police security was deployed.

Police did not allow even regular morning walkers in the university today.

Osmania University, one of the oldest educational institutions of higher learning, has already clarified that activities unrelated to academics, including ‘beef festival’, ‘pork festival’ and ‘gau-puja’ would not be permitted on the campus.

7 Comments

  1. While cow is giving milk that time cow is Matha. After stop giving milk and become old these people are selling their Matha to Muslims to slaughter. What a shame & hypocrisy of these higher class people. In old age they are not taking care / respecting their Matha.
    Who knows what kind of the meat used for festival?

    • Mahesh: What about buffalos-camel-goat and many other animals giving milk? Why you and the BJP-RSS-VHP-BD etc are too much concerned with the cows only?

  2. Since BJP came into power, India has been known as beef country, and the cattle status has been elevated to an higher level and the human beings are simply numbers. Change the name from Bharat to “Cow Land”.

    • See don’t comment on issues that is against belief of our Hindu community. Cow is scared for us as per our holy book Bagavadgeetha and Lord Krishna. Respect the belief of majority community of this Hindustan. Hindu majority country as this has given all religions the freedom to practice their belief which you don’t find it any other country. Most of the islamic countries do not have democracy and no respect for minorities lives forget about beliefs. In middle east, during ramzan, all shops irrespective of non-muslims have to be shut during day, non muslim cannot eat publicly etc etc now why don’t you question it there? i agree several christian countries have valued the human rights and freedom of practicing ones faith. I respect that. So i urge everyone to respect the majority hindu communities belief and promote peace and prosperity

      • Anil – “In middle east, during ramzan, all shops irrespective of non-muslims have to be shut during day, non muslim cannot eat publicly etc etc”

        At dadri a Muslim had cooked food inside his home and did nothing in publicly. Yet, his head was crushed by some one and killed him. And the RSS and BJP justified the killing for cooking beef inside his home!

        Anil refers to Muslims as “you” and Hindus as “we”. So he hints that the Hindus are the absolute owners of India and the non-Hindus have no right here!

        MODI FOOLS THE PEOPLE BY SAYING THE OPPOSITE, AND ENCOURAGES HIS MINISTERS, HIS PARLIAMENT AND STATE ASSEMBLY MEMBERS AND THE RSS TO SAY QUITE THE OPPOSITE!

        MODI’S IS THE TYPICAL CASE OF “Running with the hare and hunting with the hounds”

        COUNTRYMEN, INDIANS, BEWARE OF THIS “NAYA VANCHAKA”!

    • A. S. Mathew, “Change the name from Bharat to Cow Land”.

      SIR, GOA OR “GOMANT PRADESH IS THE COW LAND.”

      BUT, THE RSS, WHICH RULES IT, HAS GIVEN FULL FREEDOM TO BUTCHER COWS THERE, FOR THE CRISTIANS THERE CAN GET THE BJP DEFEATED, IF THEY DARE STOP BEEF THERE!

      IN FACT, THEY ARE ONLY WORRIED ABOUT ELECTORAL VICTORY AND NOT ABOUT THE COWS. IN HINDU MAJORITY AREAS, BAN ON BEEF WOULD GIVE THEM HINDU VOTE BANK.

      AND “NO BAN” IN OTHER AREAS, LIKE NORTH EASTERN STATES LIKE MEGHALAYA, NAGALAND, ARUNAACHAL PRADESH, BODO LAND, ETC. WOULD GIVE THEM THE SUPPORT OF THE MINORITIES TOO.

      IN GOMANTAK LAND, THEY ARE “GO HANTAKAAS”! DUPLICATE PAIMAAM IS THE ORIGINAL OF “GO HANTAKAA’S LAND”. LOL.

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