JNU president Kanhaiya Kumar was reportedly attacked on a Mumbai flight to Pune on Sunday morning. The JNU leader was on his way to address a public gathering at Pune’s Balagandharva auditorium on the invite of the Progressive Students Youth Action Committee (PSYAC). A man was detained by the police later at Mumbai airport.

According to the CISF, the co-flier accused of strangulating Kanhaiya was identified as Manas Jyoti Deka.

Kanhaiya tweeted the matter and accused the airline for offloading him along with his alleged attacker. “Deka, works in TCS, a strong BJP supporter assaulted me inside the aircraft. Is assault the only tool you have, to fight dissent?,” tweeted Kanhaiya. He added that Jet Airways saw no difference between him and his attacker. “Jet Airways takes an interesting stand. They ask us to deplane for security reasons with the man who assaulted me,” read another tweet. Jet Airways issued a statement but did not respond to Kanhaiya’s charges against them. “Some guests on board this morning’s flight Jet Airways fight 9W 618 Mumbai to Pune have been off loaded at Mumbai airport in the interest of operational safety.”

A few minutes later the news agency carried a statement from Jet hinting that a safety-related incident had indeed occurred on Sunday morning in one of its flights. The Jet statement said a few passengers had been offloaded at the Mumbai airport in the morning flight. Though Jet statement did not name Kanhaiya Kumar, the action seems to be a fallout of the incident. Jet said safety of its passengers was its prime concern. Going by the information available at the moment, Kanhaiya Kumar may have come under attack before his flight took off. It is not clear if a police complaint has been filed. It is also not clear if Kanhaiya Kumar was attacked by fellow passengers or by a radical group that tailed him as his travel plan was public.

After Kanhaiya Kumar emerged as a fierce critic of right wing ideology, there have been repeated attacks on him. Recently, in Vishakapatnam a man threw slippers art him.

Though Kanhaiya Kumar has made light of these attacks, Delhi police have assessed that he faces considerable security threat.

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