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Students protest against attack on IIT-Madras student

Members of various students organisations on Tuesday protested outside the Indian Institute of Technology-Madras (IIT-M) condemning the attack on a PhD student on Tuesday inside the campus for participating in a beef festival.

Members of various student organisations, like the Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) and Students Federation of India (SFI), gathered outside IIT-M and shouted slogans condemning the attack on R. Sooraj.

They also shouted slogans against the central government. The police later arrested the protestors.

Similarly, members of Thanthai Periyar Dravidar Kazhagam held a beef eating protest outside IIT-M.

Meanwhile, the city police on Wednesday said they have registered a case against eight persons in connection with the attack on Sooraj. However, no arrests have been made.

Sooraj was attacked on Tuesday afternoon by a group of students for participating in the beef festival organised by another group of students on Sunday in the IIT-M campus.

The beef eating festival was organised by a group of students in protest against the central government's new rule banning sale of bovines for slaughter.

PhD student Sooraj suffered a major injury on his right eye and was admitted to a private hospital.

"So, this ban, what we eat is now being restricted...The civil liberties guaranteed by the Constitution are being snatched. Freedom is being snatched," said party working president MK Stalin, who led the protest.

Referring to the pro-Jallikattu protests, which took place early this year in January by thousands of volunteers, Stalin warned of "another Marina Revolution".

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