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Beef festival in Osmania University: 'Hyderabad court denies permission


Days after the denial of Hyderabad police, a city court on Monday also refused to grant permission to students' group, who had planed to hold a controversial 'beef festival' in the Osmania University campus here on December 10. According to a report published in CNN-IBN, the next hearing over the issue will be held on December 24, 2015. Police have already said that no festival would be permitted inside the campus in the wake of the university denying permission.

While some groups going ahead with preparations for beef festival on December 10, their rivals were also gearing up to hold a pork festival and 'Gau Maata' puja on the same day. However, the police said no group would be allowed to hold any such festivities. Though the university authorities had earlier refused to allow any festival, the groups said they will go ahead with their plan.

On the other hand to counter the beef festival, right wing Hindu groups led by Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) had declared that they will conduct worship of cow at the temples on the campus and also take out a rally on the same day.

Some other groups opposing the beef festival had also planed to hold pork festival on the same day. Bharatiya Janata Party's legislator Raja Singh has threatened that if beef festival was allowed, a Dadri-like situation might occur. Meanwhile, Students Federation of India (SFI) and others planning to hold beef festival have lodged a police complaint against Raja Singh. They also approached state human rights commission, seeking protection for the beef festival.

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