Chennai, May 31: Chennai saw massive protests on Wednesday against the Centre’s cattle slaughter ban as well as the thrashing of IIT Madras scholar for organising a beef fest on campus. Revolutionary Students and Youth Front organised a protest against the cattle slaughter ban and the attack on IIT Madras scholar and raised slogans against ABVP. Meanwhile, the police removed protesters agitating in front of IIT-Madras on Wednesday. DMK working president MK Stalin and party leader Kanimozhi also led a protest against the Narendra Modi government over the cattle slaughter ban.
The protests across Chennai come a day after IIT Madras scholar P Sooraj was beaten up for organising a ‘Beef fest’ on campus on Sunday evening. Nine students have been charged for allegedly beating up the scholar. The charges under which the accused have been booked are: IPC 147- Punishment for rioting, 341-Punishment for wrongful restraint ,323- Punishment for voluntarily causing hurt and 506(1) – criminal intimidation. However, R Sooraj has also been booked under two Sections – IPC 324 – Voluntarily causing hurt, 341-wrongful restraints , according to accused Manish Kumar’s complaint.
On Tuesday, the Madras High Court stayed for the Centre’s notification banning sale and purchase of cattle for slaughter for four weeks and sought its response to PILs which said that the rules should have been approved by Parliament first.
A Madurai bench, comprising justices MV Muralidharan and CV Karthikeyan issued the interim order on the two pleas which said that the rules should be quashed as they were against the Constitution, breached the principle of federalism and were contrary to the parent legislation — Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1960.
A group of 70 to 80 students had organised the beef festival on Sunday evening to protest against the Centre’s notification on cattle slaughter ban.