Kanhaiya Kumar claims BJP supporter tried to strangle him on flight

JNU Students Union president Kanhaiya Kumar said that a co-passenger allegedly tried to attack him on a flight from Mumbai to Pune.

Watch video: Man who allegedly assaulted Kanhaiya Kumar speaks up

Police detained the man at the Mumbai domestic airport for allegedly trying to attack JNU Student Union president Kanhaiya Kumar.

Kanhaiya Kumar

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The JNU student leader took to the social media website Twitter and posted the following tweets about the incident. Read below...

Meanwhile, Jet, in a statement, said some guests on board flight 9W618, Mumbai to Pune, have been offloaded in the interest of operational safety.

"Some guests on board Jet Airways fight 9W618 from Mumbai to Pune have been off loaded at Mumbai airport in the interest of operational safety. At Jet Airways, the safety and security of our guests and crew is always of prime importance," the spokesman added.

He is scheduled to attend an event in Pune later in the day.

In Pune, police has stepped up security measures at city airport and the venue of Kanhaiya Kumar's rally scheduled this evening after the alleged attack on him at Mumbai airport.

Kanhaiya, who was scheduled to arrive at Pune airport at 1030 hrs this morning by a Jet Airways flight from Mumbai, had not landed in Pune by late afternoon, as representatives of Left-dominated students' organisations waited to receive him.

Girish Fonde, a students' leader from the organisers of the event in Pune, condemned the alleged assault on Kanhaiya and said they were determined to hold the scheduled meeting at Bal Gandharva auditorium (in Pune) despite the threats.

Police, who insisted on changing the original meeting venue on grounds of security, have asked the students' leader to desist from making "provocative" statements in his address.

The JNU student leader had yesterday, at an event in Tilak Nagar, came down heavily on 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. (Read more)

Kanhaiya, the president of the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union (JNUSU), shot to fame overnight as a firebrand student leader and after he was arrested on charges of sedition for allegedly raising anti-India slogans at a rally in February.
-With inputs from agencies 

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