New Delhi: Hundreds of JNU students, joined by members of teaching and non-teaching staff, continued their protests on Wednesday against the disappearance of a JNU student from campus following a brawl with some students.
The students, protesting near the varsity’s administration block, have also been joined by the parents of missing JNU student Najeeb Ahmad. Ahmad, a master’s student of Biotechnology, went missing on Saturday after he had an altercation with some ABVP-affiliated students at his hostel on Friday night.
“There’s no word of him. It has been five days and police has failed to trace him. Students have boycotted classes and teachers have also joined the protest. Everybody is worried about Najeeb,” JNU student Alimuddin Khan told ScoopWhoop News from the protest site.
On Tuesday evening, JNU Teachers Association (JNUTA) called for a joint protest on Wednesday to “press upon university to ensure safe return of Najeeb and a fair inquiry in the concerted violence.”
“We jeer the failure of the university Administration in handling this matter and its inability to safeguard the interests of the university and its members. Symptomatic of this is the singling out the missing student Mr. Najeeb as an ‘accused’ in its Press Release,” the teachers body said in a statement on Tuesday.
While there has been no breakthrough in the case, JNU administration has requested all relevant Central agencies, including National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB) and CBI for help in tracing the missing student.
Classes were also boycotted due to the strike called by the JNU students union on Tuesday.
An FIR for kidnapping and wrongfully confining a person was lodged at Vasant Kunj North police station on Monday after the police received a complaint from the students guardians.
Updates from Dean of Students’ office on on Mahi-Mandovi hostel incident in JNU. pic.twitter.com/4cHtHJnLd8— M. Jagadesh Kumar (@mamidala90) October 18, 2016
Asserting that the university is seeking help from all relevant Central agencies to help trace Ahmad, JNU said in a statement on Tuesday, that “Delhi police have been approached to investigate the matter and the administration is regularly in communication with the police. Police has informed that they have already registered a case under section IPC 365 and doing the investigations”.
“All PCR vans in Delhi and all SSPs throughout India have been alerted and efforts are being made to trace the student. Further, the police has intimated all the six neighbouring states and put the information on Zip-net in Northern Zone. Moreover, all relevant central agencies, including NCRB and missing section of CBI have been requested for help,” it added.
Updates from Dean of Students’ office on Mahi-Mandovi hostel incident in JNU. pic.twitter.com/pxs9YfS7ve— M. Jagadesh Kumar (@mamidala90) October 19, 2016
Inside the campus on Tuesday, the tension remained palpable with the left-backed JNUSU and ABVP levelling allegations and counter-allegations. ABVP alleged that there is inconsistency in the statements of the JNUSU president Mohit Pandey and the roommate of Najeeb Ahmad and demanded a probe.
Meanwhile, a group of students of Mahi-Mandvi wrote to the chief proctor specifying nine names claiming that they came to the hostel on Friday night and assaulted him. Students from the hostel have also brought some “communally sensitive” remarks written on the hostel premises to the notice of university administration.
Also, former JNUSU joint secretary, Saurabh Sharma, an ABVP member has been asked by the chief proctor to appear on October 21 for some clarification. However, the reason behind the summon is not clear from the letter.
ABVP also staged a protest at the administrative block demanding efforts from the administration and police to find Ahmad. They also demanded security for the three ABVP-affiliated students who were involved in the brawl with the missing student.
(With PTI inputs)
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