JNU student leader Kanhaiya Kumar claimed he was allegedly strangled on a Jet Airways flight to Pune on Sunday morning in Mumbai by a co-passenger but an initial police probe revealed that it was not a case of assault but the two pushed each other over a petty argument.
According to the CISF, the co-flier accused of strangulating Kanhaiya was identified as Manas Jyoti Deka. He was detained by the Mumbai Police after the incident.
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 person has been detained for allegedly attacking Kanahiya onboard a Pune-bound flight. The matter is being probed further,” a senior police official said.
“From the preliminary inquiry we have learnt that the co passenger had a window seat and while taking the seat he bumped into Kanhaiya. They pushed each other. But there was nothing like an assault or a fight. But we can ascertain anything only after they come out and we record statements of flight crew and the two involved in the incident,” another police official from from Sahar police said.
Maharashtra minister of state for home Ram Shinde asserted there was no attack on Kanhaiya. “The police report says that fighting between two passengers led to scuffle. Kanhaiya’s allegations (are) baseless,” Shinde said.
In view of the development, Pune Police have further tightened security for Kanhaiya Kumar for his events in the city.
The student leader was arrested on sedition charges on February 12 after allegedly raising anti-India slogans at the JNU campus. He was given bail after police failed to produce any evidence to back the charge.