JNU student leader not beaten up: Delhi Police chief

New Delhi, Feb 17 (IANS) Delhi Police Commissioner B.S. Bassi on Wednesday said Jawaharlal Nehru University student leader Kanhaiya Kumar was not beaten up during his appearance in Patiala House court complex here but was only jostled around.

“I don’t think you can say that the situation went out of hand; I don’t think he (Kanhaiya Kumar) was beaten up. My information is that there was jostling when he was brought to the court in which he lost one of his slippers,” Bassi told the media here.

He said Kanhaiya was escorted by police officers and was well taken care of.

“During the jostling, our police officers were covering him (Kanhaiya) from behind and front with the intention of protecting him from assault. Our tactic was not to use force because if we had used force, that could have been counter-productive,” he said.

“I am told by the DCP South that before leaving for court, he (Kanhaiya) gave his statement in the form of an appeal and expressed his confidence in the constitution,” the Delhi Police chief added.

Bassi said police have, meanwhile, issued summons to three people, including Vikram Singh Chauhan, one of the lawyers captured on video regarding the Patiala House court violence on Monday.

“Three lawyers, including Chauhan, have been summoned. I hope they will appear before the investigation officer and give their version,” he said.

Asked if summons were issued to BJP legislator O.P. Sharma as well since he also was filmed attacking a CPI activist outside the Patiala House court, he replied: “Yes, I have summoned that gentleman (Sharma) also for tomorrow. I can understand the anguish of the people as well as yours but I have to go by the law.”

He said he will forward a report on the entire matter to the home ministry.

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