Sanjay Kumar, a Sociology Professor at the Mahatma Gandhi Central University, was attacked by the mob on Friday for writing a controversial Facebook post commenting on former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s death.
Sanjay has suffered critical injuries in the assault and has been referred to Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) in Patna for treatment.
The incident happened after Professor Sanjay Kumar had commented on a friend’s post that claimed Vajpayee was not a Nehruvian socialist but a staunch loyalist of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh who always pushed the right-wing organisation’s agenda. “Ek fasiwad yug ka samapti. Atalji anant yatra pe nikle” (The end of a fascist era, Atal ji begins an unending journey).
As per the Motihari Police, a case has been filed against 12 people after receiving a written complaint filed by Sanjay’s colleague.
According to the complaint, Sanjay was in his room at Azad Nagar when a group of men around 20-25 led by Rahul Pandey and Aman Bihari Vajpayee barged into his room and attacked him brutally.
Kumar even mentioned in the report that he was abused online by suspected members of the RSS and the Bajrang Dal. He started receiving threat calls and messages on WhatsApp on Friday morning.
It has emerged that professor Kumar was already at the targeting eye of few for allegedly apeaking against the VC and a few others of the university.
“Some elements have been targeting me for speaking against the VC and this was another excuse,” said Kumar.
Recently, Mahatma Gandhi Central University has been making to news headlines for the hunger strike by the faculty members demanding the removal of Vice-Chancellor Dr. Arvind Kumar Agrawal. The faculty had alleged that VC Arvind Kumar is harassing and threatening to implicate them under false charges.
Teachers Association of Motihari Central University has issued a strong statement condemning the attack on Professor Sanjay Kumar, stating that the beating and setting on fire was a pre-planned conspiracy and pointing an accusing finger at the Vice Chancellor of the University.