Tahlka News Bureau
CHENNAI: The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras on Wednesday witnessed protests against the attack on an institution's research scholar who participated in the beef fest on the campur of Sunday. However the Dean of the institute allegedly refused to meet demands of the protesters, including taking action against the gang of students who assaulted the PhD scholar .
A group of protestors challenged cow rakshaks (vigilantes) by openly eating beef during the protest.
Students of Revolutionary Student Youth Front (RSYF), Students Federation of Indian (SFI), Ambedkar Periyar Study Circle(APSC), and activists of Thanthai Periyar Dravidar Kazhagam (TPDK)) protested near IIT-Madras gate after discussion with the Dean of IIT-Madras failed on Wednesday morning, students protesting against the attack on A Sooraj on Tuesday by some Right wing assaulted.
Sooraj was attacked bby a group of right-leaning students led by Manish Kumar Singh for participating in a beef fest at the IIT Madras campus on Sunday. The fest was organised to condemn the Center's ban on sale of cattle for slaughter in markets.
A protest march was organised by the students from the Himalaya Mess lawn to the Dean's office to seek justice for Sooraj.
Also, there were protests being conducted outside the premises by around 100 students from several students organisations to condemn the incident. Groups like Students Federation of India, Democratic Youth Ferderation and Revolutionary Students Federation of India were present and slogans like 'Jallikattu part 2' 'IIT administration being overrun by gau rakshaks', 'arrest of Manish Kumar Singh' and 'IIT being run by Brahmins,' were chanting throughout the protest.
According to the students the protest were against ABVP and also the Tamil Nadu government for not resisting the Sangh Privar outfits. "We want Manish to be expelled from the IIT and severe actions should be taken against the ABVP group," said a member from DYFI.
Abhinav Surryam an IIT student who is part of the march, said their demands including that the perpetrators be expelled as they have a history of violent behavior, thus leading to a threat to everyone on the institution. They also asked that all the medical expenses should be taken care by the institute. Finally, they said that the punishment to the attackers should be informed to the general students body.
The students have also sent a letter to Dean narrating the whole incident that took place on Tuesday and highlighted their demands.
"The fact that this happened to a research scholar like Sooraj points towards the magnitude of prevention entrenched in the students who attacked him," read the letter. "Institution like IIT Madras are places for debates and discussion. Horrifying attacks like these will hamper the culture and harmony in these institutions. We hope the IIT Madras administration will fulfill our demands and uphold our right to life, right to dissent and our right to organise gatherings as guaranteed by the Constitution of India."