Hyderabad: A student of the Osmania university was stabbed for supporting a beef festival organised by several student groups opposing "food fascism" in hostels, police said on Monday. There were reports of clashes in Hyderabad where students battled each other at the Osmania University. The clashes came after a group of students decided to organise a 'beef festival' to protest the non-inclusion of beef in the University's menu, while another group opposed the event.
"The festival was intended to make the point that upper caste diktats over food habits needed to be resisted, however another group of students opposed the idea on the ground that it is against Indian culture," a police official said.
As the rival group of students reached the spot to express their protest, a clash followed and the students indulged in stone-pelting and some vehicles were set on fire in the incident, police said.
Police lobbed teargas shells to disperse the students and bring the situation under control.
(With additional information from agencies)