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Shashi Tharoor gives notice under rule 377 in Parliament to bring urgent attention to Najeeb Ahmed missing case

“It has been a month since his disappearance and the police have failed to track him. The University administration has failed to conduct a proper inquiry and failed to punish the culprits,” he said.

Asking for urgent public attention under rule 377, Congress Member of Parliament (MP) Shashi Tharoor on Thursday gave a notice in the case of the missing Jawaharlal Nehru University student Najeeb Ahmed.

In his statement in Parliament, Tharoor has claimed that the eye-witnesses who complained against the accused have been threatened and intimidated. He also questioned why the police and university administration have failed to punish the culprits.

“It has been a month since his disappearance and the police have failed to track him. The University administration has failed to conduct a proper inquiry and failed to punish the culprits,” he said. He further said that Educational institutes are secular, free spaces and should remain so. However, he also added this incident has created a fearful atmosphere at the university.

“I urge this government to immediately, redouble its efforts to find Mr Najeeb. I also urge the Government to take steps to guarantee the safety and security of students in campuses, to reaffirm their freedom of speech and expression, freedom to protest and to collectively restore the ideals of our constitution in public spaces,” Tharoor concluded.

Najeeb Ahmed, 27,native of Badaun in Uttar Pradesh, was a first year student of M.Sc. in Jawaharlal Nehru University, and has been missing since October 15. Reportedly, Ahmed had gone missing following an altercation with members of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad.

It is to be noted that the ABVP is a student organisation linked to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh.

JNU students and teachers have been agitating against the university administration and Delhi Police for their failure to trace Najeeb. Last month, an SIT was set up by Delhi police to trace Najeeb on the orders of Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh. The case was later transferred to Delhi Police’s Crime Branch, which hasn’t produced any results yet.

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