Kanhaiya Kumar, the JNU student union president charged with sedition, was attacked by Bajrang Dal activists in Nagpur on Thursday.
Workers of the sangh organisation pelted stones at the car Kumar was travelling in, leading to police detaining five people.
The student leader is in the city to mark the 125th birth anniversary of Dr BR Ambedkar, a Dalit icon Kumar regards as his role model.
Bajrang dal workers pelt stones at Kanhaiya Kumar's car as he arrived in Nagpur. Police detain five persons. pic.twitter.com/uZ60ath5f6— ANI (@ANI_news) April 14, 2016
Kumar, who was scheduled to address a public meeting on the occasion, brought him in conflict with the right-wing organisation that dubbed him a ‘traitor’.
Several such organisations, led by the Bajrang Dal, earlier said they would foil the meeting, which organisers say was planned months in advance.
Kumar travelled to Nagpur on an invitation from the Progressive Students’ Youth Action committee. The Maharashtra city is also home to the Rashtriya swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) headquarters.
The JNUSU president is the centre of the nationalism debate that snowballed into a major controversy since February when Kumar was arrested on sedition charges. A JNU event where alleged anti-national slogans were raised pitted the students against the BJP-led centre, and even disrupted parliamentary sessions. Kumar has also been a vocal supporter of Rohith Vemula, a Dalit PhD scholar who committed suicide at the University of Hyderabad in January.
(With inputs from ANI)