Delhi

A year on, the question remains: where is Najeeb?

Students, leaders, activists come together to protest against ‘missing justice’

The Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union on Friday organised a public meeting on campus to protest against “missing justice” and “missing accountability”, a year after student Najeeb Ahmed went missing on October 15, 2016.

The union said that even though the university authorities and the investigating agencies have not been able to provide answers and are working to “safeguard” the accused in the case, they will continue to fight for justice and keep asking the question -- where is Najeeb?

‘Keep search alive’

Several politicians, activists, professors, critics and lawyers participated in the meeting, “Missing Najeeb, Missing Justice”, and gave their perspective of the investigation that has gone on for over a year but has not provided any concrete result. Aam Aadmi Party MLA Alka Lamba said: “Being a mother, I understand the pain of Najeeb's mother and Rohit Vemua's mother, who are being victimised fighting for justice... the voice that has emerged in the protest at JNU will ring all over the country and will find support.” She added that the fight must not only continue at JNU but students should use the power of social media to keep the search for Najeeb alive.

Najeeb’s cousin-sister Sadaf recalled their protest last year and said that the university Vice-Chancellor did not even show “basic human emotion” and speak to Fatima Nafees, Najeeb's mother, when she was sitting outside the administration block in tears wondering where her son was. She thanked the students of JNU for giving her entire family the strength to continue the struggle to seek justice and find Najeeb.

Activist Kavita Krishnan said that the fact that the Delhi High Court has pulled up the CBI for showing “disinterest” in the investigation is a small victory for the movement to seek justice for Najeeb .

The speakers were of the opinion that various forms of resistance must continue.

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