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Kanhaiya Kumar claims man tried to strangulate him in flight; police disagrees

Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union (JNUSU) President Kanhaiya Kumar on Sunday alleged that a fellow flyer in Jet Airways flight physically assaulted him.

Kanhaiya accused the co-passenger sitting next to him, later identified as Manas Jyoti Deka, of attempting to strangulate him.

Denying his claims, Joint Commissioner of Police, Deven Bharti said Kumar has not lodged any complaint in spite of the request from senior inspector. Whatever has been alleged by his friend, in our inquiry we've found it not to be true.

Deka, who works with a leading software firm, said that he was assigned seat number 37A while Kanhaiya was seated next to him on seat number 37B. As the seat front had narrow space, his hand fell on to the shoulder of Kanhaiya, leading to allegations and chaos inside the aircraft 9W 618. The flight was scheduled to depart at 10:05 am and finally took off at 11:10 am after completing the deplaning process.

The Jet Airways staff decided to deplane all the eight passengers. The Sahar police was informed with ACP Suresh Vedak and senior inspector Babu Mukhedkar reaching the aerobridge number 50 to take control of the situation.

Kanhaiya blamed Jet airways for deplaning him instead of the accused. Jet airways sees no difference between someone who assaults and the person who is assaulted, he added.