Kanhaiya Attacked on Pune Flight
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Mumbai: JNU student leader Kanhaiya Kumar on Sunday claimed that he was attacked by a co-passenger while he was on a Jet Airways flight from Mumbai to Pune. Kanhaiya, who was on way to Pune to attend a students’ meet, tweeted on Sunday morning that a co-passenger tried to strangulate him.
“Yet again, this time inside the aircraft, a man tries to strangulate me,” tweeted Kanhaiya.
The JNU student leader identified the man as Manas Deka, a TCS employee and a BJP supporter. He further blamed Jet Airways for not taking any action on his complaint. “After the incident, Jet staff completely refuses to take any action against the man who assaulted me.” Kanhaiya claimed while he was making the complaint, the airline decided to deplane him and the assaulter both.
However, Kanhaiya’s version was disputed by the alleged assaulter and the Maharashtra government. The state government claimed that it was not an attack but just a scuffle. “There was no attack on Kanhaiya, the police report says that there was a scuffle between two passengers which led to a fight… Kanhaiya’s allegations are baseless,” said Maharashtra minister of state for home Ram Shinde. Manas Deka himself told a few mediapersons after he was detained by the police that he hadn’t assault Kanhaiya and that he just stumbled and his hand hit Kanhaiya following which the latter claimed that he was assaulted.
ET tried to get in touch with Deka, however, his phone was switched off. There have been no arrests in this case and a non-cognizable case has been registered by the police.
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