A Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student and AISA activist, namely Najeeb Ahmad who is pursuing MSc in Biotechnology, has gone missing under mysterious circumstances. Ahmad has been missing since Saturday allegedly after a scuffle with a few students on Saturday night.
According to students, Najeeb went missing from JNU after a fight with some students in his hostel.
ABVP Delhi joint secretary and student at School of International Studies, Ravi Ranjan Chaudhary said that the hostel committee elections are on and their member had gone to Najeeb’s room to campaign on Friday. There was a scuffle regarding something after which Najeeb had allegedly slapped one of them, said a student.
“Four of our members went to his room in Mahi hostel. One of them, Vikrant, a third year BA student at School of Languages, had a red thread around his wrist. When Najeeb opened the door, he asked Vikrant why he was wearing the thread. He then slapped Vikrant without waiting for him to answer,” Chaudhary said.
The students came back after sometime in a mob and beat up Najeeb badly, said Sucheta De, a student and All India Students Association member.
On Sunday evening, a post related to the incident surfaced on inviting students to join a protest at the JNU main gate. It also asked the JNU administration to file an FIR. “It has been two days now, but it is shameful that the JNU administration has not taken a single step in this regard. Najeeb was beaten up by a group of sanghi goons around Friday midnight,” the post read.
JNUSU general secretary Satarupa Chakraborty said that Ahmed was attacked and threatened around 11.30pm on Friday. “He was brutally beaten by a group of 10-15 students in the presence of the warden and other residents. He has been missing from the hostel since October 15. JNUSU protested at the gate demanding that the administration file a police complaint,” she said.
ABVP then filed a police complaint late on Friday. “We also met the warden. The police had come to the campus on Sunday. This is a conspiracy in which JNUSU is involved. We only asked for his apology and didn’t say anything,” Chaudhary said.
JNUSU president, Mohit K Pandey and other students were present there at the time of the incident, they said the fight took place in front of the wardens but no one intervened.
Bhattacharya’s wall also claimed that someone has written on a table in the guest room of the hostel that “Muslims are terrorists’. ABVP denied that any member of theirs did this.
Najeeb who was injured was confined to his room, as advised by his friends. But after that night he was never seen, said Sucheta De.
Whereas his friends did not see him since Friday, he picked up his mother’s phone until late Saturday night. He told his mother what had happened. But after his mother reached campus on Sunday morning he was not found anywhere, said students.
When Najeeb’s parents came to campus students were mobilised to push the authorities to find him. First we thought he must have gone home, said a student.
An FIR under section 365 of Indian Penal Code for kidnapping and wrongfully confining a person was lodged at Vasant Kunj North police station on Sunday after the police receiving a complaint from the student’s guardians.