JNU Students’ Union (JNUSU) president Kanhaiya Kumar has alleged that he was attacked inside an aircraft while travelling from from Mumbai to Pune. He said the Jet Airlines staff refused to take any action against the attacker. Instead he was deplaned along with the assaulter Manas Deka, Kanhaiya said.
“Yet again, this time inside the aircraft, a man tries to strangulate me. The attacker is a BJP supporter working with Tata Consultancy Services, Kanhaiya said in a series of tweets on Sunday.
The JNUSU president also questioned the airline’s policy of deplaning a person who has been assaulted along with the assaulter. In another tweet he said “the airways do not see any difference between the assaulter and the assaulted, they will deplane both of you if you complain.”
Six others who were travelling along with Kanhaiya were also deplaned.
Jet airways said in a release that the passengers were deplaned because of operational safety in Mumbai Airport. The airlines said the “safety of the guests and crew is always of prime importance.
Mumbai police said they’ve detained one person in connection with the assault in the plane.
One of Kanhaiya’s associates confirmed that the student leader was deplaned along with some co-passengers and was at the police station to file an FIR.
Attacks on Kanhaiya had been continuing since his arrest in February on sedition charges for being present at an event at Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) to mark the anniversary of the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru. He, along with a group of teachers from JNU, students and media persons were attacked by a group of lawyers inside a Delhi court.
The arrest of Kanhaiya Kumar along with Umer Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya had triggered a nationwide debate on nationalism.