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JNU’s missing student not traceable

New Delhi: Jawaharlal Nehru University’s student, Najeeb Ahmad of MSc (Biotechnology) 1st year who was found missing after being thrashed by mischievous elements of ABVP on 15 October has not been traced even after ten days in spite of all efforts by police, his family and university colleagues and authorities. Students of the University (JNU) are agitating and demonstrating against the failure of Delhi police and University authorities in tracing him. Students agitation is increasing day by day and many students from other universities like Jamia Millia also joined JNU students in expressing their sympathy and solidarity with students fraternity (except those of Delhi University whose Students Union is controlled by ABVP). In desperation they (students of JNU gheraoed JNU authorities and made about a dozen of them including VC (Jagdish Kumar), Proctor, Registrar and others hostages for more than 20 hours. The news about the disappearance of Najeeb Ahmad and students agitation had been appearing in newapapers for many days. Ultimately Union home minister Raj Nath Singh seeing the gravity of studens anger and agitation which had been affecting teaching and educational atmosphere in the University, directed Delhi Police Commisisoner Alok Varma to constitute a special investigation team to trace him (Najeeb). On home minister’s direction Addl. Dy. Police Commissioner (South) Nupur Prasad constituted a SIT under the leadership of Addl Dy. Police Commissioner (South) Manish Chandra. Nupur Prasad said that concerned SSP and other police officers all over the country have been alerted about the missing student and also brought out advertisements in newspapers for the missing student and also announced an award of Rs. 50000 for anyone who traces him or provides any information which may help in tracing him. When no trace of Najeeb Ahmad was found after another five days the amount of the award of Rs. 50000 was increased by police to Rs. one lakh on 25.10.16. On the other hand JNU VC Jagdish Kumar on behalf of university authorities whom the students were accusing of inaction and not making serious efforts for finding out the whereabouts of Najeeb said that though the responsibility of tracing the missing student is of the police and not of the University, even then the University had informed the police about it and on its part also had been trying to find out his whereabouts. He said that he had also held several rounds of talks with student groups about this problem and had impressed upon them the need to give up agitation and unethical ways and made an appeal to restart their educational activities which was seriously disturbed because of their agitation. He also expressed his displeasure and anger over his and other university authorities being made hostage and confined to University building illegally for about 20 hours during which period they were not provided anything to eat and drink. He said that all of them had to sleep on the floor at night and nobody from their families, even their wives were not allowed to meet them. President of JNU Students Union, Mohit Pande however denied VC’S complaints that they were provided any thing to eat and drink. He said that we had not taken any one illegally hostage and had sent food etc inside and there was no disruption of electricity etc. Meanwhile the students group of JNU, unhappy and disappointed at the failure of police to trace Najeeb even after more than ten days decided to trace him themselves and constituted an eight-member teams to search and trace him. Team members at first searched ABVP’s office and its members and RSS’s haunting places and also the places where Najeeb used to frequently visit. Najeeb Ahmad’s mother Mrs. Fatema Nafees who came from Badayun has been camping in Delhi for about 10 days and making an emotional appeal to governemnt and police to restore her son to her. She says that she has come here to be with the students who are fighting the war for her son.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-30 November 2016 on page no. 15

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