Police are unlikely to continue probing a scuffle that allegedly occurred between student union leader Kanhaiya Kumar and a co-passenger on a Mumbai-Pune flight on Sunday morning.
Police have filed a non-cognisable complaint in the case, relegating it to a category that does not require further investigation.
A friend of Kumar, president of the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union, said they were assaulted while en route to Pune after taking part in a meeting at Chembur, Mumbai, on Saturday evening. The Sahar police, after listening to the two sides, filed complaints from both Kumar and his alleged assailant as non-cognisable cases.
“They will have to approach the courts if they want further action to be taken. We can also initiate suo moto action after approaching the court if anything further needs to be done. But he (Kumar) neither offered a statement nor allowed us to perform a medical test,” said Baburao Mukhedkar, senior inspector with Sahar police, on Monday morning.
Kumar’s non-cognisable complaint – a copy of which is with HT – states that he and his friends were on a Jet Airways flight to Pune around 10.10 am when a fellow-passenger, Manasjyoti Deka, allegedly pushed one of them while trying to reach the window seat.
This resulted in an argument, which culminated in Deka – reportedly a software services firm employee – allegedly catching Kumar by the neck.
After the incident, the Jet Airways crew requested everybody involved – including Kumar, his friends and Deka – to deplane. The student leader left for Pune by road while a friend lodged a non-cognisable complaint under section 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) of the IPC on his behalf. Deka also filed a complaint against Kumar and his companions.