5 Days On: Protests Rock JNU as Student Najeeb Ahmed Still Remains Missing
Five days since Najeeb Ahmed went missing after a scuffle with the ABVP, the reluctance of the JNU administration to find him is being highlighted by student organisations in their protests. The university is under a boil after Left parties started to organise series of protests.
At the same time, the administration is reported to have asked for the assistance of the CBI and National Crime Records Bureau in the issue. In a statement released by JNU, it said “it was making all possible efforts to resolve the issue”. It has also stated to seek help from all relevant Central agencies, including “NCRB and missing section of CBI”. They have expressed their concern about some “vested interests” trying to “vitiate the atmosphere” in the campus.
Najeeb was confirmed missing on Saturday after having a brawl with ABVP members campaigning for mess elections in Mahi/Mandavi hostel. Students alleged the ABVP members used the incident to lynch Najeeb in front of everyone, including the main warden. A missing case was filed in Vasant Kunj police station by his mother, who was on a visit to the campus when the incident occurred. The reluctance of administration to find him and initiate actions against accused evoked protests by student organisations. The ABVP is alleged to have started a campaign saying “Najeeb started the scuffle”. The campaign, with a communal hue, created uproar when a writing of “All Muslims are terrorists” appeared in the hostel common room. The issue have gained huge following in social media by lots of big names sharing the story.
The JNUSU and various student organisations had called for a protest on Wednesday at the administrative block.