Kanhaiya Kumar says that police is lying and he was not involved in a tiff with the person over seating arrangement.
Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union (JNUSU) president Kanhaiya Kumar who had claimed that a man had attempted to strangulate him in Jet airways clarified that he was not involved in a tiff with the person over seating arrangement. According to him argument over seats doesn’t occur in planes and it happens in general compartments of trains. He added that quarrel over seats is a daily occurrence in Mumbai’s suburban trains. As per preliminary investigations conducted by the police it was unveiled that the co passenger had a window seat and while taking the seat he bumped into Kanhaiya.
Kanhaiya Kumar said, “Such type of fights often occurs in the general compartment of trains and I have not filed a police complaint in this regard. If we have lost Rohith Vemula then we will fight for seeking justice for him. We have to change old traditions. We are supporting those people who are fighting a battle for providing equal opportunity to Dalits. Sometimes false sedition charges are filed against activists.”
Criticising the BJP government, Kanhaiya said, “Why are you afraid when we talk about our ideology. Why are you afraid of such people? You are trying to give a communal colour to every issue. If you think that you can kill one Rohith then more Rohith’s will be born. We are not bothered about the caste background of a person. We have to eliminate caste system prevalent in this society. We have agenda and you talk about jumla.”
Kanhaiya questioned the government’s intention to address the issue of drought through technology. He said, “Technology must be used for the improvement of people’s lives in Marathwada. The government must save the lives of farmers dying in that region. Why is better amenities offered to a section of people in train over the other. Pune is known as the oxford of the east. After acquiring MBA degree people are selling detergents. The government has cut 17 per cent budget allocation for education.”
Earlier Kanhaiya tweeted and accused Jet airways 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.”
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.