A 'curfew-like' situation prevailed on the campus with heavy police security being deployed to prevent any untoward incident.
A students' group had earlier declared that it would hold a 'beef festival' on the campus today, coinciding with the World Human Rights Day, while another group also announced its plan to organise a 'pork festival' the same day, which raised the possibility of confrontation.
"We detained last night eight key members of the group which announced the beef festival today. As per court order, we will not allow any festivals on the Osmania university campus", said a police official.
Assistant Commissioner of Police K Ram Bhupal Rao told that they arrested BJP MLA from Goshamahal, T Raja Singh, as a preventive measure to maintain law and order.
The legislator had vowed to stop the 'beef festival' and also announced that he along with other groups would perform a "Gau Puja" (cow worship) today.
Osmania University, one of the oldest educational institutions of higher learning, has already clarified that activities unrelated to academics, including 'beef festival', 'pork festival' and 'gau-puja' would not be permitted on the campus.

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