New Delhi: Jawaharlal Nehru University students union president Kanhaiya Kumar, who is facing sedition charges, was allegedly attacked on campus on Thursday by a youth believed to be an outsider. According to students and teachers present there, the attacker called Kumar for an interaction when he was attending a ‘nationalism’ lecture at the varsity’s administration block.

“Kanhaiya went to a corner to talk to him where the boy started abusing him and following the argument he slapped him. Seeing this, many students and university’s security guards rushed to rescue him," a student said. The varsity’s security got into action and took the accused to the nearest police station where he has been detained for questioning, a police official said, adding his identity is yet to be verified.

Kanhaiya Kumar faces sedition charges in connection with an event on campus against the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru during which anti-national slogans were allegedly raised. He was granted interim bail for six months by the Delhi high court last week after spending 18 days in jail. The students and teachers of the varsity had expressed apprehension about Kanhaiya Kumar’s security after he was attacked by a group of lawyers in Patiala Court premises on 17 February.

The Delhi police has asked the varsity authorities to intimate them about Kanhaiya Kumar’s movements outside the campus. A man who claimed to be the president of Purvanchal Sena had last week announced a reward of 11 lakh for anyone who shoots Kanhaiya Kumar. He was later arrested.

Meanwhile, it emerged on Thursday that Kanhaiya Kumar was fined by the varsity administration last year for allegedly “misbehaving" with a girl student and “threatening" her. The incident had occurred on 10 June 2015, when the girl student asked Kumar, who at the time was not the students’ union president, to not urinate in the open inside the campus.

The girl, who now teaches at the Delhi University, alleged that Kumar “misbehaved" with her when she objected and also called her a “psychopath" while threatening her with dire consequences. Following a complaint by her, the JNU administration held a proctorial inquiry that found Kumar guilty.

“The university... has found Kanhaiya Kumar guilty of misbehaving with an ex-student (female) and threatening her.

“This act is serious in nature and unbecoming of a student of JNU and calls for a strict disciplinary action against him (Kanhaiya)... keeping his career prospects in mind, the Vice Chancellor has taken a lenient view in the matter," said the office order issued on 16 October 2015 by the then chief proctor, Krishna Kumar.

“Kanhaiya is fined 3,000 and also warned to be careful and not get involved in any such incidents in future. Otherwise, strict disciplinary action will be taken against him," the order said. While an unsigned order was shared on social media by the girl, who accused Kumar of being a “false revolutionary making claims about upholding the dignity of women", the university administration confirmed in a statement that the letter was authentic and action was taken against the student leader.

“I am dejected and pained to see how my JNU community has ganged up to create false revolutionary. I want to ask, do you really understand the D for Dignity of a female, Mr Kanhaiya?

“Unzipping your private part in public and urinating on road—are these your revolutionary tools to uphold a female’s dignity? I am shocked to see how a misogynist like Kanhaiya is being hailed as revolutionary," she said in an open letter that is circulating online.

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