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'Hindutva' forces may target Kanhaiya: Parents

By M I Khan
March 04, 2016 13:03 IST
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'If Kanhaiya can be attacked inside the court, who will assure us about his security when he is back on the JNU campus?'
M I Khan reports from Patna.

IMAGE: Kanhaiya Kumar's family celebrates his release from Tihar jail at their home in Begusarai, Bihar. Photograph: PTI Photo

A day after Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union President Kanhaiya Kumar was released from Tihar jail and returned to the university campus, his parents, who live in a village in Bihar's Begusarai district, are worried about his safety.

They strongly fear that "Hinduvta forces may target him".

Jai Shankar Singh and Meena Devi, Kanhaiya's parents, are happy that their son has been released, but are concerned about his security.

"He (Kanhaiya) is facing a threat to his life. The 'Hindutva' forces may target him outside the JNU campus. The lawyers who thrashed him inside the court are linked to the BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) and the RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh). They may target him again," says Jai Shankar Singh, who is in his early 60s and paralysed on one side of his body.

Singh told Rediff.com over the telephone from Begusarai that it is the government's responsibility to ensure Kanhaiya's safety inside and outside the JNU campus.

Meena Devi, Kanhaiya's mother -- an angaanwadi worker who earns Rs 3,000 a month -- wants the Delhi government to ensure his security.

"My son faces a threat from those who call him anti-national, who sent him to jail on a false case of sedition, who attacked him with the intention to kill him inside the court," she said.

"If Kanhaiya can be attacked inside the court," she asked, who will assure us about his security when he is back on the JNU campus?"

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