Kanhaiya Kumar alleges that 'BJP supporter' tried to strangle him on flight

Jawaharlal Nehru University Students' Union (JNUSU) president Kanhaiya Kumar on Sunday alleged that a man tried to strangulate him inside a Jet Airways aircraft.

He further alleged that the Jet Airways staff refused to take action against the man who assaulted him. Reports said that both, Kumar and the man who allegedly assaulted him, were deplaned after the clash.


The student leader, who was on way to Pune this morning to address an event in Mumbai, claimed his assailant was a BJP supporter called Manas Deka, who works with the TCS.

According to a report in Hindustan Times, Jet Airways issued a statement but did not respond to Kanhaiya's charges against them. "Some guests on board this morning’s flight Jet Airways fight 9W 618 Mumbai to Pune have been off loaded at Mumbai airport in the interest of operational safety." Police carried out an initial probe and revealed that it was not a case of assault but the two pushed each other over a petty argument.

Kanhaiya's allegation comes just a day after he had lashed out at the Narendra Modi dispensation, terming it a "government of selfies and jumlas" as he pushed for enactment of a law to prevent caste-based prejudice in educational institutions.

Kanhaiya Kumar alleged that a man tried to strangulate him inside a Jet Airways aircraft. PTI

Kanhaiya Kumar alleged that a man tried to strangulate him inside a Jet Airways aircraft. PTI

The JNUSU President, who hit headlines after being arrested on charges of sedition in the aftermath of an event at the JNU campus where alleged anti-India slogans were raised, had gone hammer and tongs against the NDA-led Centre and its pet projects.

"The Modi government is coining only jumlas (idiomatic expressions) such as Make in India, which should actually be Fake in India; Stand Up India, Start Up India, Selfie with Daughter etc. It has become a government of selfies and 'jumlas'.

"The reality is these are only tall promises by which the government is fooling the public as nothing positive was coming off the ground," he had said.

The 29-year-old was speaking on the topic 'Student-Youth Assembly Against Discrimination' at an event in suburban Tilak Nagar.

Kumar had said that at a time when entire Marathwada region in Maharashtra was reeling under drought, "RSS-led government" was busy holding IPL matches in the state.

"I heard a wax statue of Modiji has been carved out. I also heard a 12-year old girl in Marathwada died as she ventured out to fetch water in scorching heat. Let that wax statue of Modiji be put in Marathwada," he had said.

Kumar, who had earlier ruled out campaigning in the West Bengal and Kerala Assembly polls, has now decided to support a fellow JNU comrade who is in the fray for the 16 May elections in Kerala, according to PTI.

Ever since he walked out of Tihar jail, Kumar had been maintaining he was a student and not a "politician" and that he had no plans of campaigning in the Assembly polls.

However, he said that he decided to join the campaign after Muhammed Muhassin, CPI candidate for Pattambi seat in Palakkad, mooted the idea. "He has stood by me, so I decided to hit the campaign trail," Kanhaiya said.

With inputs from PTI

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Updated Date: Apr 24, 2016 13:59:11 IST

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