Following Centre's new rules with regard to the buying and selling of cattle, a number of protests have sprung up across many states. After Kerala hosted beef festivals across the state on Saturday organised by the Student Federation of India (SFI), IIT Madras too conducted a beef festival on Sunday night as a mark of protest.
A student from IIT Madras confirmed that a beef festival was conducted at the campus around 7:30 pm. In a video doing the rounds on social media, students can be seen eating beef curry with bread.
The new rules under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act ban the sale of cattle for slaughter in animal markets.
A spokesperson from IIT Madras, however, said that the institute has been closed for the past one week, including the administrative section, and they do not have any information about it.
There were speculations that students were arrested for celebrating the beef festival. However, when The News Minute contacted the Kotturpuram police, they said that no arrests have been made and they did not even have any information about the incident.
On Saturday, there were various beef fests in different parts of Kerala, including Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Malappuram and Ernakulam. The Students’ Federation of India (SFI) had organised beef festivals in all districts.
(This story was originally published on The News Minute.)