The stage is set for the first-ever beef festival at Osmania University (OU) on Sunday evening. A day prior to the festival, which is expected to see participation of around 1,000 people, university authorities remained mum on the issue, while students gave an assurance to police that they would buy meat from outside and not slaughter the animals on the campus. The police maintained that although it was the university’s internal matter, they would nonetheless remain on alert. Meanwhile animal rights activists have opposed the festival saying it is illegal.
The large segment of dalit students who have planned the festival said they were ready with the two quintals of beef. The festival will be held at Narmada Research Scholars (Ambedkar) Hostel. Not just the strong student community in the campus but a section of faculty and activists from various quarters are likely to participate in the festival. Kancha Ilaiah, S Simhadri, Gali Vinod Kumar and Bhangya Bhukya figure in the list. The members of the organising committee stated that they did not require a nod from the university authorities to hold the festival.
Last year, when a similar fest was organized at Eflu, the ABVP activists had vandalized the place and destroyed the food. Police had booked cases against some activists.