Members of the Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) and Students' Federation of India (SFI) activists were also arrested for staging protests. R Sooraj, Ph,D scholar and a member of the Ambedkar Periyar Study Circle, was attacked last evening for eating beef as part of a protest organised by a group of students inside the IIT campus on Sunday night against the Centre's decision to impose restrictions on cattle trade. Police sources said about 100 students and activists, including 20 women from RSYF, TPDK, DYFI and SFI were detained for staging demonstration.
The agitation threw traffic out of gear on arterial roads causing hardship to office-goers. The protesters shouted slogans denouncing the Centre for its decision and demanded that the attackers of Sooraj should be expelled from the institute. The agitators also demanded that the college administration must bear the expenses of Sooraj's treatment, who suffered serious injuries in his right eye. Meanwhile, the Dean of IIT-M held talks with representatives of the protesters to pacify the situation. Talks were also held with the students inside the campus after they threatened to launch an agitation demanding justice. (UNI)