Kerala beef cutlet row: Report sought from Kuttanand Engineering College principal
Vice chancellor of the Cochin University of Science and Technology to which the college is affiliated also asked the principal to file a police complaint over the incident.india Updated: Jan 31, 2018 23:12 IST
The vice chancellor of the Cochin University of Science and Technology (Cusat) on Wednesday sought a report from the principal of an engineering college over the alleged serving of beef cutlets during an event on its campus last week that triggered clashes between two groups of students.
Cusat vice-chancellor J Latha asked the principal of the Kuttanand Engineering College to set up an inquiry team and file a police case against those who distributed the beef cutlets in the guise of vegetarian snacks.
The college, which is affiliated to the Cusat, was closed down indefinitely on January 25 following the group clash.
A section of students, mostly from north India, had alleged that on the sidelines of a seminar on digital banking on the college campus near Alappuzha on January 25, they were served the non-vegetarian cutlets, though they were told it was veg snacks.
After eating the snacks some students felt uneasiness and sought medical help.
The group alleged that the beef incident was “revenge” a section of students and teachers of the college had taken on them for organising Saraswati pooja on the campus on January 22 despite opposition from the latter.
“It is a deliberate attempt to hurt our religious feelings. The other day we were holding a peaceful dharna in college seeking an inquiry into the incident, but we were attacked by a group of leftist students, who also raised provocative slogans,” said Ratadeep Rabi, a student hailing from Bihar. He said some of the activists deliberately changed serving plates and later made fun of them saying they ate beef.
Organisers of the seminar, however, claimed there was clear signage indicating counters serving vegetarian and non-vegetarian items.
Principal of the college N Sunil Kumar maintained that this was an attempt to defame the college. “I left the function after inaugurating it. It was organised by some banks. Officials told us there were separate counters for veg and non-veg items,” he said, adding the ongoing agitation was unwarranted.