Kanhaiya Kumar booked for allegedly assaulting AIIMS doctor in Patna, even RJD slams student leader


Doctors at AIIMS in Patna have threatened to go on an indefinite strike if ‘proper action’ against former JNU Students’ Union leader Kanhaiya Kumar was not taken. This was after police in the state capital booked Kumar and his supporters for allegedly assaulting a junior doctor and a security guard.

The incident allegedly took place on Sunday, when Kumar and his supporters visited the AIIMS hospital, where one of his old associates was being treated.

An FIR was registered at Phulwarisharif Police Station in western Patna on a complaint by the association of AIIMS doctors. Phulwarisharif SHO Mohd Qaiser Alam told news agency PTI, “the doctors’ association said in its complaint that Kanhaiya, along with about 100 others, had visited the hospital Sunday night to meet an old associate admitted there. The complainants have alleged that they beat up an intern on duty and also thrashed a security guard who came to intervene.”

Kumar and his supporters are accused of snatching the junior doctor’s mobile phone after thrashing him. Much to the dismay of Kumar, the Sunday’s ruckus at the AIIMS in Patna has earned him the ire of even the RJD, which had announced its support to him if he was fielded as the Lok Sabha candidate by the Left parties.

RJD MLA and spokesman Bhai Virendra said that If such an incident had indeed taken place at the hospital, then it was ‘deplorable.’ Bihar’s health minister and a BJP leader, Mangal Pandey, told reporters that he had spoken to Patna AIIMS Director PK Singh and asked him to apprise him of the entire incident.

“We will take a call on what administrative action can be taken. This is not JNU where you can do anything and get away with it,” Pandey said.

Kumar had to spend many days in Tihar jail after he was accused by the BJP and its supporters of chanting anti-India slogans inside the JNU in March 2016. The Delhi Police, however, has not been able to file any charge-sheet in the case for two years now.