Video showing students eating 'beef' sparks protests

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Tension gripped Agra on Saturday after a video clip showing some students allegedly eating 'beef' in a hostel went viral on social media.

However, the authenticity of the video was not ascertained by any official.

Hindutva groups demonstrated in the morning at the gate of the Central Hindi Institute here as the video shows some meat eaters in a hostel room on the campus.

Registrar Chandra Kant Tripathi said: "We are collecting information and after a suitable inquiry action would be taken." It was not clear what action the institute was contemplating.

Senior administrative and police officials visited the campus late Friday night to inquire and check the veracity of media reports.

On Thursday, some students in Mewar University in Rajasthan were attacked by a mob for allegedly cooking beef, which later turned out to be goat meat. The Hindutva adherents' campaign against beef-eating has created trouble in several other places.

The photos and video on Facebook, about Agra, show some students with some pieces of meat, according to reports.

Officials, however, clarified that meat is not served in the hostel mess.

Agra is already tense with a series of agitations and the 'maha gherao' on Friday for protesting the murder of Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader Arun Mahaur who was opposed to cow slaughter.

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