A public meeting in Nagpur saw high drama as JNU students' union president Kanhaiya Kumar was attacked with slippers and shoes as he began a speech in the city.
The incident took place at the Dhanwate Hall in the city, where he addressed a gathering, as per a report in The Hindu. About 15 men entered the hall and shouted slogans, after which they were evicted, according to the report.
After he was attacked, Kanhaiya Kumar remarked, "What sort of patriotism is displayed by throwing slippers?," as reported by India Today. During his speech, he also said that Nagpur is Ambedkar's land, not Golwalkar's. He also said that the Sangh headquarters is not the Parliament, and the Manu Smriti is not the Constitution, according to the report in The Hindu.
Earlier, some members of the Bajrang Dal also attacked Kanhaiya Kumar's car when he arrived in Nagpur, according to the India Today report. At the speech, members of the right-wing organisation also stormed the venue and shouted slogans of 'Kanhaiya Kumar Murdabad,' according to a Zee News report.
Kanhaiya Kumar, facing sedition charges for allegedly organising a programme commemorating Afzal Guru, is currently on bail.
This is not the first time the controversial JNUSU president has faced physical attacks. In February, he had been attacked by a group of lawyers when he was being produced in court in Delhi in relation to the sedition case.
First Published On : Apr 14, 2016 17:40 IST