India, Nov. 7 -- Delhi police claim to have unearthed a failed plot to assassinate former student leader Kanhaiya Kumar with the arrest of a criminal, who was also wanted for the murder of a relative of former India cricketer Virender Sehwag, in a late-night shootout in the capital on Wednesday.

The 42-year-old history-sheeter Darshan Dabas had tried to kill former Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) Students Union leader when he was campaigning for the Lok Sabha polls in Bihar's Begusarai district earlier this year, said police. Police also said that Dabas ruled out anyone else's involvement in the plot and said he wanted to kill Kumar as he considered him to be an "anti-national".

"Dabas has told us that he stayed in Begusarai for about...