Police denies Kanhaiya’s ‘strangle’ allegations; accused passenger dubs it as ‘cheap publicity’
Mumbai: The Mumbai police on Sunday stated that the allegations made by Jawaharlal Nehru University students union president Kanhaiya Kumar that a co-passenger in a Jet flight tried to strangle him have turned out to be false.
“Whatever has been alleged by his (Kanhaiya Kumar) friend, in our inquiry we’ve found it not to be true.” Deven Bharti, Joint Commissioner, told reporters.
On the other hand, the accused passenger, Manas Jyoti Deka (33), an employee of TCS in Pune, has dismissed Kanhaiya’s charge by calling it a cheap publicity stunt. He was detained and a non-cognisable offence was filed against him at Mumbai airport.
“My hand just happened to brush his neck as I was trying to balance myself on an aching leg. I do not know him personally though I have seen his pictures. This is being done for cheap publicity," Manas told reporters.
Prima facie it appears an argument broke out between two groups over seating onboard the flight and Kanhaiya was part of one of them, a senior police official said.
Sahar police is in the process of registering the complaints of both the parties, he added.
"Yet again, this time inside the aircraft, a man tries to strangulate me," Kanhaiya had tweeted after the alleged incident which took place when he was inside a Jet Airways aircraft at the airport.