JNUSU prez Kanhaiya Kumar alleges 'BJP supporter' strangulated him in flight; police denies claim

Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union President Kanhaiya Kumar on Sunday alleged that a fellow flyer in Jet Airways flight, whom he claims was a BJP supporter, physically assaulted him.

Updated: Apr 24, 2016, 20:54 PM IST
JNUSU prez Kanhaiya Kumar alleges 'BJP supporter' strangulated him in flight; police denies claim

New Delhi: Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union President Kanhaiya Kumar on Sunday alleged that a fellow flyer in Jet Airways flight, whom he claims was a BJP supporter, physically assaulted him.

Taking to Twitter, Kumar wrote, “Yet again, this time inside the aircraft, a man tries to strangulate me.”

“After the incident Jet Airways staff completely refuses to take any action against the man who assaulted me,” he said adding, “Basically Jet Airways sees no difference between someone who assaults nd d person who is assaulted. They will deplane you, if you complain.”

Meanwhile, Jet Airways issued a statement that the safety and security of the guests and crew is always of prime importance to them.

 

“Some guests on board this morning's flight Mumbai to Pune were off loaded at Mumbai airport in interest of operational safety,” read the statement.

 

A man identified as Manas Jyoti Deka has been detained in connection with the incident, police said, adding no FIR has been so far registered.

"A person has been detained for allegedly attacking Kanahiya onboard a Pune-bound flight. The matter is being probed further," a senior police official said.

Denying his claims, Joint Commissioner of Police, Deven Bharti said, "Kanhaiya Kumar has not lodged any complaint despite request from Senior Inspector.Whatever has been alleged by his friend, in our inquiry we've found it not to be true."

 

The man's attempt to attack Kanhaiya was evaded by his colleagues who were on the same flight, according to All India Students' Federation national president Syed Waliullah Kadri.

"Kanhaiya, I and two others from JNU had boarded the flight from Mumbai. This man suddenly got up and tried to attack Kanhaiya," Kadri claimed.

Meanwhile, Maharashtra Minister of State for Home Ram Shinde asserted that there was no attack on Kanhaiya. 

"The police report says that fighting between two passengers led to scuffle. Kanhaiya's allegations (are) baseless," Shinde said.

 

This is not the first time that Kanhaiya has been assaulted as several attempts have been made in the past on the fiery student leader, who shot to fame after his arrest and release on sedition charges for organising an event at Delhi`s Jawaharlal Nehru University to mark the anniversary of the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, where anti-India slogans were allegedly raised.

Earlier, slippers, shoes were hurled at Kanhaiya in Nagpur where he was addressing a public meeting on the occasion of 125th birth anniversary of BR Ambedkar.

On the same day, some men reportedly belonging to Bajrang Dal attacked Kanhaiya`s car when he arrived in the city.

(With Agency inputs)