Holi, Diwali arrive in advance to Kanhaiya Kumar’s village

Begusarai, Mar 3: The festivals of Holi and Diwali together came in advance to the native village of JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar in Bihar’s Begusarai with his family and villagers rejoicing the Delhi High Court order granting conditional bail to him. “We got much relief from tension and anxiety for the first time since the arrest of my son Kanhaiya Kumar on charges of sedition,” Kanhaiya’s father Jaishankar Singh told today.

“Though he should have got a clean chit as no evidence of him indulging in anti-national activities has been found, still the courts have their own wisdom.

We welcome the order of the Delhi High Court on Kanhaiya,” he said. After hearing the court order last evening, kins of Kanhaiya celebrated Holi by rubbing gulal on the face of his father Jaishankar and mother Meena Devi. Villagers also burst crackers over the good news, Kanhaiya’s younger brother Prince Kumar said.

People continued to pour in the house of Kumar in Masnadpur Tola of Bihat village within the limits of Barauni police station, some 30 km from the district headquarters, since last night to express happiness over the release of Kanhaiya. The 61-year-old father of JNUSU president, who is confined to his home due to a paralytic stroke two years ago, said a few family members have gone to Delhi to be with Kanhaiya after his release.

“There is no plan to call him home immediately. He will go to his university and be with the fellow students who stood with him during the crisis,” Singh said. Kanhaiya’s mother Meena Devi is an Anganwadi worker, earning Rs 4,000 a month and running the household. After clearing MA from Nalanda Open University in Bihar, Kanhaiya had joined JNU in 2011 to pursue an M.Phil in International Studies and is now in the final year of his PhD.