A group of right-winged activists from the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad ABVP and Bajrang Dal ‘cleansed’ the statue of renowned Hindi poet Ramdhari Singh Dinkar with ‘gangajal’ in Bihar’s Begusarai district to protest against JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar’s floral tribute to the poet on Friday. The ABVP and Bajrang Dal members also organised a ‘hawan’ and sprinkled ‘gangjal’ on the ground in Begusarai where Kanhaiya Kumar addressed a public meeting of Communist Party of India on Thursday.
The ‘cleansing’ was followed by slogans indicating that the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union president, who has been charged with sedition and released on bail, had made the place impure by his presence.
The entire issue however could not dampen the festive spirit of Begusarai as Kanhaiya is visiting his native place for the first time after being charged with sedition and released on bail. His parents, other family members, relatives, neighbours and villagers have been celebrating Kanhaiya’s visit to his native village. “It is time of celebration not only for us but entire village as Kanhaiya has finally arrived after a long wait,” said Kanhaiya’s father Jaishankar Singh, who is in his early 60s and paralysed on one side of his body.
Kanhaiya was welcomed by villagers when he arrived at his native village on Thursday night. Kepping in mind the threats, security arrangements have been made in Bihat and around his home during the course of his stay.
He was arrested on the charge of sedition in February in connection with an event on JNU campus against hanging of parliament attack convict Afzal Guru during which anti-national slogans were allegedly raised, was released on bail in March.