Kanhaiya Kumar roughed up on JNU campus

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New Delhi, March 10 (IANS) Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union (JNUSU) President Kanhaiya Kumar was on Thursday roughed up by a man on the university campus who allegedly wanted to teach him a lesson for raising “anti-india slogans”.

The person, identified as Vikas Chaudhury, tried to attack Kumar at 6.30 p.m. in front of the university administrative block where an open lecture was going on by Supreme Court advocate Nandita Haksar.

Chaudhury grabbed Kumar’s T-shirt and tried to hit him but security personnel intervened in time, a witnesses said. The man was later escorted off the campus by the security personnel.

The man, while being escorted out, said he wanted to teach Kanhaiya a lesson for insulting the nation and for raising anti-india slogans.

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Soon after the incident, JNUSU vice president Shehla Rashid and general secretary Rama Naga released a statement condemning the incident.

JNUSU vice president and All India Students Association member Rashid said: “JNUSU strongly condemns the attack on Comrade Kanhaiya and the endless slander campaigns against him, which is creating an atmosphere of hostility for the JNU community.”

“Such attacks do not represent people’s sentiments. The people of India stand with JNU. Attacks like these are the handiwork of RSS and its affiliated outfits. These do not represent the general mood of the people. The people have seen through BJP’s attempts to undermine democracy and dissent,” said JNUSU general secretary Naga.

Kanhaiya, who is facing sedition charges for participating in a JNU event held to commemorate the death anniversary of terrorist Afzal Guru, was recently released on six-month interim bail.

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