Police arrested 10 students as members of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and Left groups clashed near Bengaluru's Townhall on Monday over Centre's new cattle slaughter ban, media reports said. The protests were against the beef fest conducted in IIT Madras in Chennai, CNN-News18 said.
Sources told the TV news channel that the first scuffle was started by ABVP students when the police were rounding up Left students at Townhall in Bengaluru. Activists, lawyers have also come in support of the protests.
IIT Madras students had organised a beef fest on Sunday night in protest against Centre's new beef trade regulation. According to India Today, more than 80 students supported the cause by participating in this fest on Sunday calling the Centre's idea as "food fascism". The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) in Chennai plans to hold protests against the ban on cattle slaughter on 7 June.
In the wake of stiff opposition from some states, including Kerala, the central government is said to be rethinking its order restricting the sale of animals, including cows and buffaloes.
The government is likely to exempt buffaloes from the "no slaughter" list, an official said on Monday.
"We have received some representations over the list of animals included (in the new cattle slaughter rules). We are working on it," AN Jha, secretary in the Union environment ministry, said.
The Union environment ministry on 26 May modified the rules to prevent cruelty to animals making it mandatory to ensure that cattle are not bought or sold for slaughter.
With inputs from IANS
Updated Date: May 29, 2017 19:27 PM