Adding to the ongoing controversy, student bodies organizing the 'beef festival' scheduled to be held in Hyderabad on December 10 approached the State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) on Thursday seeking protection from BJP MLA Raja Singh, who has threatened to 'kill or get killed' to stop the event.
According to a report in the Times of India, Students' Federation of India (SFI) activist MD Musavir, a research scholar at OU, approached the SHRC along with a few other students accusing Raja Singh of intimidating and attempting to violate their human rights.
"The commission, after hearing our grievance, directed the Hyderabad police commissioner to give a report by December 7," he told the newspaper.
The students also brought the poster of Raja Singh holding a sword on Facebook, appealing to people to join him for `Chalo Osmania University, Gaumata Bachao Andolan' to the commission's notice.
The entire issue started on November 21, when a section of students announced that they would host a â€˜Beef festivalâ€™ on the university campus on December 10, World Human Rights Day â€“ to uphold the right to food as one of the human rights. The students made it clear that only buffalo and bullock meat would be served at the festival.
The whole issue escalated several notches after the BJP MLA told a news channel that "No one should hurt religious sentiments and we have every right to stop it. I want to tell the organizers that Dadri should not repeat in Telangana and we are ready for it. We are ready to kill or get killed to protect the cow."
Meanwhile, another 'pork festival' has popped up in response to the beef festival on the same day.
Meanwhile, the TRS government, sensing that the issue could get out of hand, has approached pro-Telangana student organizations and asked them to persuade leftist student organizations not to go ahead with their plan of holding the festival.
"It is a sensitive situation and the government has to tread carefully . Otherwise, the issue may get out of hand. If law and order is affected in the city, divisive forces will take political advantage. The TRS government cannot afford that ahead of the GHMC polls," a senior TRS leader was quoted as saying, adding that the government has adopted a neutral stand on the issue as of now.