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Patna: The parents of JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar, accused of sedition, were on Thursday provided police protection in their village in Bihar, an official said. Security forces have been deployed at Kanhaiya's native village Bihat in Begusarai district after the Jawharlal Nehru University Student Union (JNUSU) president was roughed up in a New Delhi court on Wednesday.
"Some police officers in plain clothes have been deployed outside his home, where his parents and other members of the family live. It is being done for security purposes after Kanhaiya was attacked and badly beaten in the premises of a court in Delhi," a district police official said.
Kanhaiya faces sedition charges for raising anti-national slogans at an event in JNU last week, a charge he has denied. He was arrested by the Delhi Police on February 12. On Wednesday, he was remanded in judicial custody today till March 2.
Hours after the assault on Kanhaiya, Bihar Police headquarters alerted Begusarai authorities and directed them to tighten the security cover at his native village. Kanhaiya's father Jaishankar Singh and his mother Meena Devi live at his native village, considered a stronghold of the Left politics in Bihar. Earlier his father said: "My son is not anti-national. He is a nationalist like the hundreds of thousands of youth of his age. (IANS)