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JNU marks 20 days of Najeeb’s disappearance

Student organisations have been holding various protests since the missing was confirmed. They have been demanding a proper investigation and action against those who involved.
Solidarity meeting in JNU

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday joined senior leaders from parties across the political spectrum who came together in solidarity with the students of Jawaharlal Nehru University to observe Day 20 of the disappearance of JNU biotechnology student Najeeb Ahmed.

Speaking at the gathering, Kejriwal said, “The police hasn’t done any investigation. The message is clear. This country is subjected to hooliganism by BJP, RSS and the ABVP.”

Congress leader Shashi Tharoor said, “There has to be a serious investigation and it has to go beyond what this university’s administration is entrusted with. The police have some questions to answer.”

Senior Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar, CPI(M) Politburo member Prakash Karat, Janata Dal United Rajya Sabha MP KC Tyagi and CPI-ML Politburo member Kavita Krishnan spoke at the gathering.

Najeeb Ahmed, an MSc Biotechnology student, has been missing from October 14 after a brawl with ABVP members. Student organisations have alleged all along that the JNU administration is reluctant to conduct a proper investigation. The JNU administration, headed by Vice-Chancellor Jagadesh Kumar, is said to have been reluctant in complaining to the police.

A FIR was filed in the Vasant Kunj police station on October 18 by Najeeb’s mother Fatima Nafees listing the ABVP members Vikrant Kumar, Ankit, Sunil, Ashutosh, Aishwarya Singh, Arnab Chakrabarty, Abhijit Kumar, Pushpesh and Vijender.

Research scholar Shahid Raza Khan on whose account the FIR was filed says he is being targeted by the JNU administration.

“Administration is haunting me for this. They are asking me why I’m giving a communal colour to this. Even ABVP is using this,” he told Narada News.

JNUSU chief Mohit Pandey said the university is working according to what the Central government asks them to do.

On the other hand, the ABVP has started a campaign alleging conspiracy over the issue. They say they were communally were targeted in the issue and Left organisations are hiding Najeeb.

To this charge, JNUSU president Pandey, who is from AISA, says, “If they have any information regarding his whereabouts we are open to that. We just want to know where he is. But simply alleging a conspiracy in front of TV channels is simply propaganda.”

Najeeb’s family is still in the campus looking for him. They are disheartened with the JNU administration’s handling of the issue.

“My brother is missing. See, an educational institution acts as the guardian of the students in it.They are totally irresponsible here. The last meeting we had with the administration was on October 23. That too without VC,” said Najeeb’s brother Mujeeb Ahmed.

The investigation by police is nowhere near completion. JNUSU filed a complaint following Fatima’s filing of FIR. Police have assured them that they will club the complaint with the FIR but are yet to do that.

Before the public meeting today, the JNU Students Union organised a solidarity meeting with the JNU Teachers’ Association and JNU Staff association.

Last month, students’ organisations blockaded the administration block demanding action against the people involved in the scuffle. Officials including the VC and rector were let off after 10 hours of the blockade.

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