I was beaten inside court premises,police did nothing, Kanhaiya Kumar recounts Patiala house attack

NEW DELHI: Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) Students’ Union president Kanhaiya Kumar, who is in police custody in connection with the sedition case, has claimed that he was beaten in Patiala house court in the presence of police and they did nothing.

Three out of the four reports, submitted to Supreme Court over the repeated violence at Patiala House Court, last week, had said JNUSU president leader Kanhaiya Kumar was not assaulted inside the court room but outside it, on February 17.

Kanhaiya Kumar, however, in a video accessed by CNN-IBN, told the SC team that even after identifying the people who attacked him in the court, the police did not arrest them.

Describing the incident, Kanhaiya said, “I was surrounded by the media at the gate and then the police took me inside the court-room, where the mob wearing clothes of lawyers attacked me. Some people who were beating me called other people shouting he’s arrived. It looked like they were waiting for me. I was almost disrobed while being taken inside the court.”

“Some police who were accompanying me in the court were also attacked. When I pointed at the man who attacked me, the police asked him to show his identity card, but he asked them ‘who are you?’ and then left from there. He could have been easily caught, but the police did nothing.”

In a video, Kanhaiya is also seen saying, “I am being called anti-national. Certain section of media is doing my trail.”

The Delhi Police on Friday interrogated Kanhaiya Kumar, Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya together for the first time at a south Delhi police station.

The Supreme Court has sought response from the Centre and Delhi Police on a plea seeking an SIT probe and initiation of contempt action against three lawyers who were allegedly caught on camera ‘bragging and boasting’ that they had beaten up Kanhaiya Kumar and others, including journalists, in a court complex.

Meanwhile, a security guard at JNU campus and a policeman, said to be eyewitnesses who have also recorded their statements in the sedition case, have been purportedly seen in a sting video saying that JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar did not raise any slogan.

Earlier, a similar sting operation was conducted on two of the three lawyers who allegedly assaulted journalists, JNU students and teachers at Patiala House court, and were later arrested earlier this week.

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