Tension prevailed at Osmania University as some student groups had planned beef and pork festival.
Police sealed the campus to maintain law and order.
A newspaper reports that organisers of the ‘beef festival’ have confined their event to hostel rooms due to police restrictions.
Police detains 16 students from Ambedkar hostel of Osmania University who had planned to organise beef festival in the university today.
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Raja Singh, legislator of Bharatiya Janata Party, and dozens of students and activists of different groups were arrested by Police to prevent any untoward incident.
He was taken into preventive custody from his house in Dhoolpet area this morning as he has planned to join ‘Gau Maata puja’ planned by some groups on the campus.
Women activists of Gau Raksha Dal were also arrested when they tried to enter the campus.
Police sealed all the entrance points to the campus to not allow any attempts by any group to organize any program.
Many students were picked up during the searches conducted in and around the campus since Wednesday night.
The university was closed for outsiders as the administration of university and police have refused to give permission to conduct any festival.
Security measures were further tightened after City Civil Court declined to give permission for the beef festival.
The lower court’s orders were upheld by Hyderabad High Court on Wednesday.
But on other side some groups had threatened to stop the ‘beef’ festival at any cost. Some of them had called for a pork festival and ‘Gau Maata Puja’ to counter it.
Swami Paripoornanda Saraswati condemned the attempts to hold beef festival.