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Kanhaiya doing ‘cheap publicity’, says man accused of strangulating JNUSU president

Kanhaiya Kumar had alleged that a co-passenger tried to "strangle" him inside an aircraft before a flight from Mumbai to Pune.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: April 24, 2016 5:53:23 pm
Kanhaiya Kumar, kanhaiya, kanhaiya strangle, kanhaiya strangulated, jnu, jnu students union, Kumar had alleged that a co-passenger tried to “strangle” him inside an aircraft before a flight from Mumbai to Pune.

The man who was detained by Mumbai police for allegedly trying to strangle JNU Students Union president Kanhaiya Kumar in a flight has said that the charges against him is just a publcity stunt by the 29-year-old student leader.

Manas Jyoti Deka (33), an employee of TCS in Pune, was detained and a non-cognisable offence filed against him at Mumbai airport after the allegations by Kanhaiya Kumar.

“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 in Mumbai.

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Kumar had alleged that Deka tried to “strangle” him inside an aircraft before a flight from Mumbai to Pune. He also claimed that Deka was a BJP supporter.

“Yet again, this time inside the aircraft, a man tries to strangulate me,” Kanhaiya tweeted after the alleged incident which took place when he was inside a Jet Airways aircraft at the airport here.

Kanhaiya was subsequently offloaded from the plane by the airline staff on safety ground, forcing him to take road route to Pune to attend an event there.

The Maharashtra government has ordered a probe into the matter.

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