Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union (JNUSU) president Kanhaiya Kumar was attacked allegedly by Bajrang Dal activists shortly after he arrived at Nagpur to address a public gathering.
Kanhiaya targeted the BJP and RSS in his speech. “Nagpur is Ambedkar’s land not Golvalkar’s,” said Kanhaiya.”Sangh headquarters is not parliament and Manu Smriti is not the Constitution,” the student leader said at the meeting.
The event was organised by Progressive Students’ Youth Action Committee to commemorate the 125 birth anniversary of Dr. Ambedkar.
There was an attempt to disrupt the programme as Kanhaiya rose to speak. About 15 men started shouting slogans. Eye witnesses say a shoe was hurled at the student leader at the venue.
Some media outlets reported that chaos prevailed for some time after a person jumped on to the dais with a stick, threatening to attack Kanhaiya.
Kanhaiya was earlier attacked by a group of Bajrang Dal activists who pelted stones at his car and smashed its side windows. However the student leader escaped unhurt.
Several right wing organisations including the Bajrang Dal had vowed to disrupt Kanhaiya’s programme in Nagpur which is also the headquarter of RSS, the ideological fountain head of BJP.
The BJP and its student wing had recently blocked Kanhaiya from speaking at a convention on ‘Nationalism’ organised by the All India Students’ Association at Aligarh Muslim University.
Kanhaiya was arrested following a programme in JNU in February, where anti national slogans were allegedly raised. Kanhaiya who belongs to the student wing of the Communist Party of India (CPI) was charged with sedition.
He was targeted while being produced in the court. The attacks have continued even after Kanhaiya was released on bail. The fiery student leader has been addressing students and other meetings across the country.
A shoe was hurled at him during a meeting in Vijayawada, last month.