Youth slaps, abuses Kanhaiya on JNU campus

JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar addressing students after his release on bail from Delhi’s Tihar Jail on Friday (Photo- PTI)

NEW DELHI (TIP): JNU Students’ Union president Kanhaiya Kumar was slapped and abused by a youth on the university campus on March 10 evening.

The attacker who identified himself as Vikas Chaudhaury slapped Kanhaiya thrice while he was walking with his fellow students near the administration block.

“He led Kanhaiya in a corner away from his friends by requesting him for a talk and then slapped him thrice, and then shouted at him,” said a student. After being overpowered by people, the attacker told media persons, who were covering an event nearby, that he was enraged by Kanhaiya over his remark about rapes in Kashmir by men from the security forces.

“He abused the Indian Army, he abused the nation, that’s why I slapped him,” shouted the attacker, before being overpowered by the crowd. On being questioned whether he belonged to a particular group or party, the youth denied it and said that he works in a private firm, and just wanted to teach the JNUSU president a lesson.

Visibly unperturbed and unrepentant, the youth readily surrendered himself to the university’s guards. “Jitna maarna hai maaro mujhe, (beat me as much as you can) I don’t care, I am willing to go anywhere with you,” he said before being taken away by the guards to the security room at the entrance of the varsity.

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He was later taken to the security room at the campus gate by the university’s guards who made a human chain around him. The Police and university’s security officials questioned him there. “He is still on the campus. A police team has gone there for questioning him,” said a police officer.

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