Man attacks Kanhaiya Kumar during ‘nationalism’ lecture at JNU campus

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Mar 11, 2016 01:57 IST
Kanhaiya was going to attend a “nationalism” lecture when the attacker jumped into his security cordon and manhandled him. (Vipin Kumar/HT Photo)

JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar, who is facing sedition charges, was attacked on the JNU campus on Thursday evening when he was going to attend a lecture on nationalism.

Security guards in plain clothes and professors, who were accompanying Kumar, rescued him and nabbed the attacker.

The man, in his thirties, identified himself as Vikas Chaudhary of Ghaziabad. Kanhaiya refused to lodge a police complaint but wrote to the JNU security officer, asking how the man entered the campus.

The accused identified himself as Vikas Chaudhary of Ghaziabad. Chaudhuary reportedly told students that he wanted to teach Kanhaiya a lesson for shouting anti –national slogans. Police have detained Chaudhary for questioning.

Kanhaiya faces sedition charges in connection with an event on campus against the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru during which anti-national slogans were allegedly raised.

He was granted interim bail for six months by the Delhi high court last week after spending 18 days in jail.

The students and teachers of the varsity had expressed apprehension about Kanhaiya’s security after he was attacked by a group of lawyers in Patiala House court premises on February 17.

The Delhi Police has asked the varsity authorities to intimate them about Kanhaiya’s movements outside the campus. A man who claimed to be the president of “Purvanchal Sena” had last week announced a reward of Rs 11 lakh for anyone who shoots Kanhaiya. He was later arrested.

(With inputs from PTI)

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