‘Beef festival’ in college: disciplinary action on 10 students

Wednesday, Oct 7, 2015,20:07 IST By metrovaartha A A A

Kottayam | Authorities of a prestigious college of Kerala today decided to initiate disciplinary action against 10 students for conducting a beef festival inside the campus to protest against the lynching of a man in Uttar Pradesh’s Dadri over rumours of eating beef.
Authorities of CMS College, Kottayam, said action has been initiated against the students, all activists of Students Federation of India (SFI), the students wing of CPI(M), for going ahead with the beef festival in the campus, violating college discipline.
The Principal had denied permission to SFI to conduct the beef festival as he apprehended that such an action might lead to clashes with rival student organisations like ABVP, college authorities said.
They alleged that SFI activists pushed the Principal as he tried to stop them from distributing beef curry at 1 PM. The curry brought to the campus to be distributed to students splashed all over the Principal in the melee, they said.
Ten students have been identified in connection with the incident and they will face disciplinary action including suspension, College authorities said.
Former President of India K R Narayanan is the alumni of Kerala’s one of the college founded in 1817 by the Church Missionary Society of England.
SFI said the beef festival was organised in the college campus to protest against the lynching of a man in Dadri over rumours of eating beef and to express solidarity with a similar attempt in Sree Kerala Varma College in Thrissur.
Six students of Sree Kerala Varma College, Thrissur, allegedly involved in violence following a ‘beef festival’ conducted in the college campus were suspended on Monday. All of them are activists of SFI.
The College management has initiated against a woman lecturer who had supported the students who conducted the ‘beef festival’ in the campus of its college in Thrissur.
Deepa Nisanth, a faculty of the college, who supported the students’ action on social media said, she stick to the Facebook post supporting the beef festival.
While, Senior Congress MP K C Venugopal today asked the party-controlled Cochin Devaswom Board to drop proceedings initiated against a woman lecturer who had supported students who allegedly conducted a ‘beef festival’ on the campus of its college in Thrissur.
It is wrong, Venugopal said when asked about Thrissur Sree Kerala Varma college authority’s decision to seek explanation from Deepa Nisanth, a faculty of the college, for supporting the students’ action on social media.
The management must immediately drop proceedings initiated against the teacher. She has every right to express her independent opinion on issues affecting lives of people as long as India is a democratic nation.
I hope the Cochin Devaswom Board will understand the general sentiments of the people of the state, Venugopal, a former Devaswom Minister said.
The Alappuzha MP asked the management of Cochin Devaswom Board, headed by Congress leader MP Bhaskaran Nair not to succumb to the pressure tactics of Sangh Parivar at a time when they are trying to control educational institutions through their divisive political ideology.