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JNU student Najeeb Ahmed case: The story till now

Najeeb Ahmed’s mother with other JNU students at a protest march. — File Photo

Najeeb Ahmed’s mother with other JNU students at a protest march. — File Photo  

Najeeb Ahmed, a first-year student of Jawaharlal Nehru University, went missing after a brawl with members of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) at Mahi-Mandavi Hostel in Delhi on October 2016. With no word yet on his disappearance, students have taken to staging demonstrations in the Capital ever since his disappearance.

The Delhi High Court has transferred the investigation of the case to the CBI. The High Court disagreed with the allegations of the student’s family that the investigation in the case was “politically motivated” and lacked “integrity”.

Here, we give you a look at the evolution of the case and the stand of various parties involved.

JNU student Najeeb Ahmed case: The story till now

CBI team goes to JNU to probe Najeeb Ahmed’s disappearance

Najeeb Ahmed’s mother with other JNU students at a protest march. — File Photo

Najeeb Ahmed’s mother with other JNU students at a protest march. — File Photo  

It is likely to meet the suspects and people whose names have cropped up in the matter, sources said.

A CBI team on Monday visited Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) to probe the mysterious disappearance of Najeeb Ahmed, a student who had gone missing from his hostel on October 16, 2016.

The team is looking into allegations of a scuffle between Mr. Ahmed and ABVP students in JNU’s Mahi-Mandvi hostel and the circumstances that may have led to it as well as other events that preceded his disappearance.

It is likely to meet the suspects and people whose names have cropped up in the matter, sources said.

Najeeb Ahmed’s mother Fatima Nafees recently met CBI officers who are investigating the case.

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Now, CBI to search for missing JNU student

Cry for justice Fatima Nafees (centre) at a protest outside the Police Headquarters in October last year, days after her son Najeeb went missing. File Photo: Shiv Kumar Pushpakar

Cry for justice Fatima Nafees (centre) at a protest outside the Police Headquarters in October last year, days after her son Najeeb went missing. File Photo: Shiv Kumar Pushpakar   | Photo Credit: Shiv Kumar Pushpakar

HC transfers case to investigation agency after Najeeb’s mother moves plea

The Delhi High Court on Tuesday transferred the investigation into the disappearance of JNU student Najeeb Ahmed, missing since last October, from the police to the CBI.

A Bench of Justices G. S. Sistani and Rekha Palli transferred the matter to the CBI on a plea by the student’s mother, Fatima Nafees, after the Delhi Police said it had no problem with such a direction.

The court said the probe by the CBI would be supervised by an officer, not less than the rank of a DIG. The matter will be taken up next on July 17.

Allegations dismissed

The High Court, however, disagreed with the allegations of the student’s family that the investigation in the case was “politically motivated” and lacked “integrity”.

The student had gone missing a day after an altercation with some ABVP students on the night of October 14, 2016. The RSS students’ wing in JNU has denied any involvement in his disappearance.

The High Court had on May 12 rapped the police over the manner of its probe into the disappearance of Najeeb, saying it appeared to be looking for an “escape route”.

The court had said the conduct of the police showed it was trying to sensationalise the matter or looking for a way out as it was filing reports in sealed covers and “there was nothing confidential, damaging or crucial” in them.

It was referring to the forensic analysis reports of the missing student’s laptop and call records that the police had filed in a sealed cover but had initially not even shared with their own lawyer.

The court had also lashed out at the police saying it had been “beating around the bush and not in the bush” as it had been sending people across the country and setting up special investigation teams (SITs), but the nine students suspected to be behind Najeeb’s disappearance were neither questioned, nor taken into custody.

‘Messages not examined’

Noting that the messages of the suspected students had not yet been examined, the court had said if the messages of the period when Najeeb went missing had been deleted, “then that in itself is incriminating”.

The court had said, “If today it is Najeeb, tomorrow it could be anybody, just because he belongs to some other community or a political body”.

Responding to the court’s observations, DCP Ram Gopal Naik, who headed the SIT, had told the court how he went about investigating the case and what aspects and angles, including that of Najeeb’s medical condition, were considered by him.

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Najeeb’s mother hopes for fair probe

Fatima Nafees, the mother of missing Jawaharlal Nehru University student Najeeb Ahmed, on Tuesday welcomed the decision of the Delhi High Court to transfer the case to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

“I will be leading a delegation to the CBI chief to seek a fair and swift investigation into the case,” said Ms. Nafees.

‘Botched-up probe’

Slamming the Delhi Police, she said they had in the last seven months delayed the recording of witnesses’ statements and not interrogated those who had assaulted Najeeb on the previous night of his disappearance. “The police linked Najeeb to the Islamic State (IS), causing us great anxiety and humiliation,” she said.

The JNU Students’ Union said there was nothing to suggest that Najeeb had searched about the IS and that the police were trying to sensationalise the matter and find an escape route.

“It will now be the responsibility of the CBI to plug such leaks and investigate the police personnel who planted this news [sic],” the JNUSU said in a statement.

‘Concrete result must’

The students also hoped that the CBI would come up with “some concrete result before the next hearing on July 17”.

JNUSU president Mohit Pandey said the CBI should be given a free hand to investigate the case. “We were demanding an independent inquiry monitored by the court. Even the CBI functions under the ambit of the Central government and can be influenced, as we have seen in several cases,” said Mr. Pandey.

Former JNUSU vice-president Shehla Rashid said the High Court had transferred the case to the CBI due to the “questionable and partisan role of the Delhi Police” in the probe.

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Delhi HC transfers missing JNU student case to CBI

Najeeb Ahmad has been missing since October 15, 2016.

The Delhi High Court on Tuesday transferred the investigation into the disappearance of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student Najeeb Ahmad to the CBI from police. He has been missing since October 15, 2016.

A bench of Justices G.S. Sistani and Rekha Palli transferred the matter to the CBI with immediate effect on a plea by the student’s mother after the Delhi Police said it had no problem with such a direction.

 

The court said the probe by the CBI would be supervised by an officer not less than the rank of a DIG.

While transferring the matter, the court noted that the Delhi Police had implemented all directions and suggestions given by the court.

The matter will be taken up next on July 17.

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Najeeb case: Court yet to decide on lie detector test

Najeeb Ahmed case: Delhi Police wants to conduct test on nine students

Nine JNU students on whom the Delhi Police want to conduct a lie detection test in connection with the Najeeb Ahmed abduction case have opposed the move.

Counsel for the students, Vishwa Bhushan Arya, informed Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (CMM) Sumit Das at the Patiala House courts that “there is no provision under the Criminal Procedure Code whereby the court of a Magistrate may direct any person to undergo lie detector test or direct him or her to record consent or refusal for it”.

Decision on March 20

The CMM has now reserved his order for March 20. Mr. Arya opposed the Delhi Police’s notice to the students, which sought their presence before a Magistrate for recording their statements as to whether they were willing to undergo a lie detection test.

The Crime Branch had said the lie detection test was required to trace Najeeb Ahmed. The move came after the High Court asked the police to explore other avenues of probe since all other leads failed.

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Cops ask mosques to make announcements on Najeeb

The Delhi Police have approached mosques in the Capital and neighbouring Uttar Pradesh to make regular announcements about JNU student Najeeb Ahmed in the hope of making some headway. Najeeb has been missing for over 200 days now.

According to one senior police officer, “Despite so many teams working on the case, we have failed to make any headway.”

Investigating officers have now met the imam of Fatehpuri Masjid in Chandni Chowk and requested him to make announcements during prayers. “We asked them to request people to share any information about Najeeb. We have even requested imams of other mosques in Delhi, neighbouring areas and cities like Badaun, Bareilly where Najeeb has stayed to make announcements,” said a senior police officer. Police have also requested them to share information with “jamaats” who travel between mosques.

Najeeb’s family, meanwhile, said it had lost faith in the police. “We are as clueless about Najeeb now as we were on the first day,” said his brother Mujeeb.

He added that the police had done “little” to trace his brother and had only “harassed” them.

“It is very mysterious that every time the case comes up for a hearing in the High Court, we get a fake call sharing information about him. The police, very conveniently, tells the court that they are working on the leads gained through the call,” he added.

The Delhi High Court, while recently hearing a plea by Najeeb’s mother Fatima Nafees seeking whereabouts of her son, had rapped the Delhi Police over the manner of its probe. The court said the agency appeared to be looking for an “escape route” and was “beating around the bush”.

The family, however, is still hoping for Najeeb to return. Whenever his family receive a call from an anonymous number, they always hope that it might be Najeeb.

“We always try and pick calls. In case we miss any, we call back hoping that someone might be calling to tell us about my brother,” said Mujeeb.

Recently, the family received a call from a woman in Muzaffarnagar inquiring about their son. But, later it turned out that she had dialled the number by mistake since it was similar to her boyfriend’s number, the police said.

Najeeb’s mother, meanwhile, is trying to stay strong, but there are times when she breaks down.

Friday was one such instance. She broke down in front of DCP (Crime) G Ramgopal Naik, who is investigating the case, after the court hearing, pleading with him to find her son. “I don’t cry in front of my children since they are also going through a difficult phase. But I cry whenever I am praying to God,” said Ms. Fatima.

“Police has projected a negative image of my son. He is very good-natured and unlike what he has been made out to be. I have faith that he will come back,” she added.

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Court dismisses students’ plea

Najeeb Ahmed disappearance case

A Delhi court on Thursday dismissed a plea by nine Jawaharlal Nehru University students opposing the Delhi Police notices asking them to appear before a court to record their statements over their willingness or unwillingness to take polygraph tests in connection with the Najeeb Ahmed case.

Dismissing their plea, Chief Metropolitan Magistrate of Patiala House courts Sumit Dass asked all them to appear before the court on April 6 to record their statements on undergoing the test.

Police notices opposed

The students had opposed the Delhi Police notices seeking their presence before a Magistrate for recording their statements on their willingness or unwillingness to undergo a lie detection test.

“There’s no provision under the Criminal Procedure Code whereby the court of a Magistrate may direct any person to undergo lie detector test or direct him or her to record consent or refusal for it,” the lawyer for these students had submitted before the court.

The Crime Branch of the city police had said that the lie detection test was required to trace Najeeb Ahmad.

The police had initiated procedures to conduct the test after the High Court asked them to explore other avenues of probe since all other leads had failed.

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Caller promised Najeeb’s release

20-year-old detained for calling the missing JNU student’s kin had even given them a location

The 20-year-old arrested for making ransom calls to a relative of missing Jawaharlal Nehru University student Najeeb Ahmed had assured the family of his release. He had even given them a location where they were asked to come with the ransom amount, said the police.

Accused being interrogated

Mohammad Shamim, who has thrown up several names, has been changing his version ever since he was arrested, said the police who have been interrogating him since Sunday, which is when he was brought to the Capital from Maharajganj. During his phone calls and SMSes, he had told the family that they could bring the money to a fixed spot in his hometown where he would hand over the abducted student.

Calls made to Najeeb’s uncle

The calls and texts were sent to Musharraf Hussain, Najeeb’s uncle based in Delhi. Speaking to The Hindu, Mr. Hussain’s daughter Sadaf Irshad said that while she was not aware of all the conversations her father had with the caller, she did say that he later switched to sending texts from different numbers.

Caller had five SIM cards

Investigations have also revealed that Shamim was carrying at least five SIM cards that he procured on fake ids.

Najeeb chaiye kya? Agar chahiye to bees lakh dene honge,” he is alleged to have said during one call.

According to Ms. Irshad, they had received many calls since Najeeb’s disappearance, but the caller in this case was persistent. The family, who promptly reported the matter to the police, were advised to “play along.”

Cops were informed

“We were told to keep the caller engaged by pretending to believe him and even negotiate. We followed their advice and revised the ransom amount to ₹15 lakh. Then he went incommunicado,” Ms. Irshad added.

No clean chit yet

An investigator said they had still not given a clean chit to Shamim as far as the actual kidnapping was concerned. His claims of a prank call are being looked into.

On Sunday, a team sent to Maharajganj had detained Shamim from the Civil Lines area.

A B.A. student, he was earlier arrested in connection with a murder case. He was later granted bail, sources said.

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Police hike reward for information on Najeeb

: After failing to achieve any breakthrough in tracing missing Jawaharlal Nehru University Najeeb Ahmed, the police on Friday hiked the reward to ₹10 lakh for anyone sharing information that might help them to find him.

The police had initially announced a reward of ₹50,000, which was later increased to ₹1 lakh, then again doubled to ₹2 lakh. In November, the amount was hiked to ₹5lakh.

Hoping for the best

A police officer said it was hoped that by increasing the amount of the reward, people might come forward to help the investigators.

Twenty-seven-year old Najeeb had left the campus on October 15, a day after he had had a scuffle with members of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad.

There has been no news on him ever since.

The police had claimed that the auto-rickshaw in which Najeeb had left the campus had taken him to Jamia Milia Islamia. There is, however, nothing on record to corroborate this.

Search continues

Najeeb’s mother had also approached the Delhi High Court to seek its intervention in the matter, following which a massive search on the campus was launched. That, however, failed to bring about any progress.

To investigate the case, a Special Investigation Team from the south district was formed. Later, the matter was transferred to the Crime Branch.

Both the units did not achieve any breakthrough.

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Delhi CM may face criminal charges: Jung

Najeeb Jung

Najeeb Jung  

Terming Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal a man in “a hurry to perform,” former Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung said Mr Kejriwal may face “criminal charges” over irregularities found by the Shunglu Committee.

The former L-G constituted the committee to investigate alleged irregularities in administrative decisions taken by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government.

Mr. Jung told India Today TV that the committee found the creation of a “secret unit” like a “counter IB” for suspected spying.

He said some appointments by Mr. Kejriwal, like that of Nikunj Aggarwal, a relative of Mr. Kejriwal's wife, as the OSD to Health Minister Satyendar Jain smacked of “nepotism and gross favouritism.”

The report, which is yet to be made public, can be accessed through the Right to Information Act, Mr. Jung said. When contacted, both the party and the government declined to comment on the former L-G’s comments.

Mr. Jung also spoke about the AAP government’s appointment of Mr. Jain’s daughter, Saumya, as an “advisor” to its mohalla clinics project

He said Saumya’s appointment and those made by Delhi Commission for Women Chairperson Swati Maliwal amounted to “cheating, nepotism and favouritism” and FIRs had been registered.

“Jain made an incorrect statement that she (Saumya) was not paid. Fact is she was paid but it was returned. An FIR has also been registered in the case of Waqf board,” he said adding that the Central Bureau of Investigation had filed an FIR on the setting up of the “secret unit.”

‘Secret unit set up’

“No state government can set up a counter IB like this,” Mr. Jung said. Asked if Mr. Kejriwal could face criminal charges, “That is possible. There are cases that are being investigated and should the cases come to fruition and should the court find substance in the charge sheets then there is problem.”

In the headlines on more than one occasion for run-ins with the AAP government, Mr. Jung said Mr. Kejriwal’s “exuberance, inexperience and the fact that he had a brute majority perhaps contributed to his confronting attitude.”

He said he acted against Mr. Kejriwal's “tendencies to play with the constitution and interpret it in a manner which he thought was correct but he deemed as wrong” even as he maintained that the personal relationship between them was extremely cordial.

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Protesting AMU students lathicharged

They were protesting over disappearance of JNU student Najeeb

The Uttar Pradesh police on Saturday lathicharged Aligarh Muslim University students who were protesting over disappearance of a JNU student, Najeeb. Over 150 students were detained.

According to Senior Superintendent of Police, Aligarh, Rajesh Pandey, the students did not have permission to stage the protest.

“We used mild force because the police had to prevent the students from blocking the rail traffic. An FIR has been registered against 150 students,” Mr. Pandey said.

The AMU students’ union, however, alleged that the police used brutal force on the peacefully protesting students. The students took out a march to protest against the “unjustified and undemocratic” police action.

According to Faizul Hassan, AMUSU president, several students sustained injuries and some of them head injuries and fractures.

He demanded action against the police personnel responsible for the “unprovoked lathi charge.”

The AMUSU had earlier submitted a memorandum demanding a CBI probe into the disappearance of Najeeb Ahmad. Nazeeb has been missing since October 15 from the JNU campus allegedly since he was seen engaged in a scuffle with some ABVP students in his hostel.

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Police comb JNU campus for Najeeb

On Monday, more than 600 policemen conducted another unsuccessful search for Najeeb Ahmed, who has been missing since October 15.

On Monday, more than 600 policemen conducted another unsuccessful search for Najeeb Ahmed, who has been missing since October 15.  

More than 600 Delhi Police personnel, mounted police among them, with 10 sniffer dogs combed the Jawaharlal Nehru University campus on Monday, in what turned out to be another unsuccessful search for the missing student Najeeb Ahmed.

The Delhi High Court had directed the police to “scan” the entire campus using sniffer dogs.

The Delhi Police Crime Branch that is probing the case, with teams pooled from the local police, the Special Cell and the Delhi Mounted Police, searched hostels, classrooms, residential premises and even terraces. Mounted Police were deployed primarily to scan the forested campus area, whose rocky terrain is only accessible on horses. The police officers entered the campus around 11 a.m. The team, led by DCP (Crime Branch) G. Ram Gopal Naik, was then split into small groups. One team, comprising 25 personnel and a sniffer dog, went to Mahi Mandavi hostel where Najeeb stayed before his disappearance on October 15.

Harassment allegation

His mother Fatima Nafees, who was present at the time, said the dog was made to sniff his clothes and other belongings. Ms. Nafees said the police were needlessly harassing friends of her younger son Haseeb in the name of asking about Najeeb’s whereabouts.

“It’s as if they are deliberately avoiding looking in the right places. Were they actually hoping to find him here?” she said.

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Probe finds ABVP member guilty of assaulting Najeeb

JNU had ordered proctorial enquiry into October 14 on-campus brawl

A proctorial enquiry by Jawaharlal Nehru University has found Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) member Vikrant Kumar guilty of assaulting Najeeb Ahmed during a brawl, following which the latter went missing over a month ago.

“Act of indiscipline”

“In the proctorial enquiry, Vikrant Kumar was found to be involved in hitting Najeeb Ahmed and using derogatory language with provocative behaviour on October 14. This is an act of indiscipline and misconduct,” an official order read.

Vikrant has been asked to explain why disciplinary action should not be initiated against him.

Najeeb (27), a student of the School of Biotechnology and a native of Badaun in Uttar Pradesh, went missing on October 15 following an on-campus scuffle allegedly with ABVP members, including Vikrant, the night earlier. JNU had ordered a proctorial enquiry into the incident.

Coming out in Vikrant’s support, the ABVP has accused the university administration of conducting a “biased” probe. “The Proctor has taken into account deposition from students who were not even present there. Not only is the enquiry biased, but even the administration is siding with the Left-dominated students’ union,” said ABVP’s Saurabh Sharma, a former JNU Students’ Union member.

The students and teachers have been agitating against the JNU administration and the Delhi Police over their failure to locate the missing student. The protesting students had even confined the Vice-Chancellor and other senior officials in the administrative building for over 20 hours. Last month, an SIT was formed to trace Najeeb following a directive by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh. — PTI

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Cops rapped for no leads in Najeeb case

Call for action: Members of JNUSU and other students’ organisations demand justice for Najeeb, who has been missing for 55 days. File Photo: P

Call for action: Members of JNUSU and other students’ organisations demand justice for Najeeb, who has been missing for 55 days. File Photo: P   | Photo Credit: PTI

HC expresses concern over how “somebody can vanish suddenly”; police say they are probing all angles

: The Delhi High Court on Friday slammed the city police for remaining clueless about missing Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student Najeeb Ahmed.

The University and the police were responding to a habeus corpus plea filed by Najeeb’s mother Fatima Nafees, who was also present in the court. She had sought directions to the authorities to trace her son, an MSc (Biotechnology) student who has been missing for 55 says.

Bad signal

Expressing concern for Najeeb, the court said a situation, in which a missing person had not been traced for over 50 days, would create a sense of insecurity among people.

“It has been over 50 days. Still you [police] do not know about his whereabouts. How can somebody vanish suddenly and the police have no clue about it? Even if we think of the worst, something has to be found out. We are pained that the missing person has not been traced till date,” a Bench of Justices G. S. Sistani and Vinod Goel said.

Senior standing counsel Rahul Mehra, appearing for the police, told the Bench that the Crime Branch was exploring all angles to trace Najeeb and had even issued advertisements.

“We are diligent. We will do whatever is to be done at our level,” said Mr. Mehra.

Najeeb had gone missing from JNU’s Mahi-Mandvi hostel on October 15 allegedly after an on-campus scuffle between him and some members of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP). The ABVP has denied involvement in his disappearance.

The Bench said, “We are not concerned about the scuffle. We only want that the student is found. We want a mother to get her child back.”

Meanwhile, JNU’s counsel Monika Arora submitted before the court that “since Day One, the University has been in regular contact with the police for obtaining updates and providing relevant information regarding the incident”. “Further, security guards along with police teams have been coordinating in the search for Najeeb in the forests adjoining the campus,” said Ms.Arora, adding that “the Vice-Chancellor has written to senior police officials and the SHO concerned to expedite the search”.

Students summoned

Ms. Arora, in a status report, said the hostel warden had summoned the students involved in the scuffle soon after the incident. “All the students, including Najeeb, were called by the warden. Disciplinary measures were taken after Najeeb admitted to have had initiated the altercation with his fellow students. The issue was resolved in the presence of the JNUSU president and other college staff and students,” the report stated.

It also stated that the students involved in the scuffle would be shifted to another hostel.

“After Najeeb is found, the disciplinary action awarded to these persons will be again looked into,” the court was told. Later, the matter was listed for further hearing on December 14.

On November 28, the court had sternly asked the city police to “cut across all political barriers” and find Najeeb.

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Police claim breakthrough in Najeeb case

Najeeb Ahmed’s mother with other JNU students at a protest march. — File Photo

Najeeb Ahmed’s mother with other JNU students at a protest march. — File Photo  

A month after JNU student Najeeb Ahmed went missing, the Delhi Police on Wednesday claimed to have made some breakthrough into what transpired on October 15, the day of his disappearance.

Ravindra Yadav, Joint CP (Crime), said his team’s investigations helped trace the auto driver whose three-wheeler was apparently hired by Najeeb outside the JNU campus.

“The auto driver has revealed that Najeeb hired his vehicle of his own free will and asked to be taken to Zakir Nagar. However, on the way, he chose to get off the auto while passing through the Jamia Millia Islamia University,” said Mr. Yadav.

The auto fare was paid and the driver, whose identity the police have chosen not to reveal, went his way. What Najeeb did thereafter continues to remain a mystery, police said.

The police have now approached the Jamia Millia Islamia authorities for their assistance. “We are in constant touch with the Jamia authorities,” said the officer.

The probe in the case was transferred to the crime branch on Saturday on the order of the Delhi Police Commissioner, Alok Kumar Verma.

How it was achieved

“We went about identifying the people who had visited the JNU campus around the time Najeeb went missing. We tried to identify all the autos that were in and around JNU at that time. That helped us zero in on the driver whose auto was hired by Najeeb,” said Mr. Yadav.

The breakthrough, he claimed, came on Monday. The police, however, chose to conceal the development from the media.

It was announced on Wednesday, the day the police commissioner enhanced the reward from Rs 2 lakh to Rs 5 lakh for anyone who can help trace the missing student.

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JNUSU to intensify stir for Najeeb

Questions abound:Police put up barricades during a demonstration over the disappearance of JNU student Najeeb Ahmed in New Delhi last month. File Photo

Questions abound:Police put up barricades during a demonstration over the disappearance of JNU student Najeeb Ahmed in New Delhi last month. File Photo  

Processions, protest meet to be held today to mark one month since the JNU student went missing

Tuesday will mark a month since Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student Najeeb Ahmed went missing from campus. To mark the day and intensify its demand for justice for Najeeb, the JNU Students’ Union has called for a “Chalo JNU” procession and protest meeting.

After country-wide protests, that included burning the effigies of Vice-Chancellor Jagadesh Kumar and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh over the weekend, the JNUSU has invited students and groups from across the country to participate in the programme that will start at Ganga Dhaba at 3 p.m. on Tuesday.

Various organisations on campus, like the Birsa Ambedkar Phule Students’ Association (BAPSA) and Democratic Students’ Union(DSU), appealed to the JNUSU to issue an ultimatum to the university administration.

In case the administration fails to meet these demands by 5 p.m on Tuesday, they have urged the JNUSU to take a call for blockade of the administration block.

The students feel this is the only way to make the administration accountable and to break the prevailing normalcy on campus.

They said their demands have been the same for a month — take effective steps to find Najeeb, file an FIR regarding the violence that was perpetrated on Najeeb and declare the students who attacked him out of bounds.

The students alleged that even the Proctorial inquiry report, which was supposed to have delivered its sentence 10 days ago, has not been made public to the student body nor given any concrete assurance.

Over the past month, there have been protests outside the Delhi Police headquarters, Vasant Vihar police station, India Gate, Jantar Mantar and the campus, with Najeeb’s family joining the students in their demand for justice. Najeeb’s mother had said during an interaction with journalists that she had lost all faith in JNU administration.

Registrar issues circular

Meanwhile, the JNU administration issued a circular warning students of disciplinary action against those who have been “repeatedly violating university rules by staging protests, sit-ins and confinement of officials”. The “rule-breaking students” have been asked to immediately desist from such acts.

The circular, issued by the Registrar, said: “It has come to the notice of the administration that the JNUSU has given a call for a protest gathering at Ganga Dhaba on Tuesday without prior permission from the university. A large number of outsiders are expected to participate in this gathering, which may create unrest and pose a security threat to the campus. Hence, JNUSU is advised not to hold this gathering. Democratic rights of dissent and lawful protests by JNU students are permitted on campus. However, organisers of such events must inform the administration and take necessary prior approval. In the light of recent happenings, this is of utmost importance to maintain the safety and security of the campus.”

The circular added that the administration had received several complaints about outsiders coming in and staying the night at Students Activity Centre in Teflas during such events. It advised JNUSU to discourage such activities.

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Najeeb’s mother calls on Rajnath, Jung; police search in Bihar

A mother’s anguish:Fatima Nafees, the mother of missing Jawaharlal Nehru University student Najeeb Ahmed, comes out after meeting Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh at his residence in New Delhi on Tuesday.— Photo: PTI

A mother’s anguish:Fatima Nafees, the mother of missing Jawaharlal Nehru University student Najeeb Ahmed, comes out after meeting Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh at his residence in New Delhi on Tuesday.— Photo: PTI  

Fatima Nafees, the mother of missing Jawaharlal Nehru University student Najeeb Ahmed, met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Lieutenant-Governor Najeeb Jung on Tuesday and was assured that the Delhi Police were making all efforts to trace Najeeb.

Special teams

Mr. Jung said efforts to trace and bring the JNU student back were on track and that special teams were investigating leads in Bihar’s Darbhanga.

On Tuesday morning, the Home Minister told Najeeb’s family that the Delhi Police had set up a special team to pursue the case and that he was personally taking stock of the progress in the probe and assured them of all kinds of assistance.

Badaun MP Dharmendra Yadav, who accompanied Najeeb’s family, said if the police were not able to trace Najeeb, he would approach the court and raise the issue in Parliament.



“Attempt to defame”

Najeeb went missing on October 15 after an altercation with students affiliated to the ABVP.

Reacting to reports by the Delhi Police that Najeeb was mentally unstable, his sister Sadaf said the police were trying to “defame” him instead of trying to find him.

The police added that a Delhi Police team was in Darbhanga to search for the missing JNU student.

“Whenever we receive any information about Najeeb, we send our teams to investigate the lead. A team has also been sent to Darbhanga,” a senior police officer said.

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JNU student Najeeb Ahmed case: The story till now

Massive protest over missing JNU student Najeeb Ahmed halts traffic, gives commuters tough time

: As protests over the alleged abduction of JNU student Najeeb Ahmed returned to Lutyens’ Zone for the second time, the Delhi Police’s preparations ensured that there were fewer who assembled at the designated venue— India Gate— to raise their voice.

Detentions aside, the police had put traffic restrictions and employed heavy security on all major roads leading to India Gate.

At most entry points, water cannons and buses along with policemen in riot control gear were present.

Major inconvenience

Further, all entry points leading to or from the C-Hexagon were closed, a throwback to the arrangements during post-December 16 protests.

Meanwhile, for commuters, the situation turned to be a two-fold setback as Chhath celebrations in different parts of the city had already caused congestion.

While stretches such as Ashoka Road, Tilak Marg and Akbar Road were closed, commuters travelling towards the southern part of the city via K.G. Marg were granted relief as Jantpath and Rafi Marg remained open.

Although Sikandra Road and Feroz Shah Road were open, they remained chock-o-block with vehicles as they had to accommodate traffic from the other roads. Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Garima Bhatnagar said Subramania Bharti Marg, a stretch which connects south Delhi to central Delhi via Mathura Road, also saw heavy rush.

Bumper-to-bumper

The combined impact was seen at W-Point, where traffic remained painfully slow. Those coming from Chanakyapuri also remained stranded.

In an advisory issued prior to the protest, the police had instructed that protesters were not to be allowed anywhere except Jantar Mantar.

“Permission is subject to the condition that the number of participants does not extend beyond 5,000 and the organiser has made prior submission of an undertaking to SHO, Parliament Street, based on the guidelines laid down by the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India,” read the advisory.

The idea to march to India Gate and take the protest outside the gates of JNU had been given by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejrwal when he participated in a public solidarity meeting on campus last week.

While students of JNU who had left campus by bus were detained in the vehicle itself before reaching India Gate, those who chose to gather on their own were detained outside the National Archives on Janpath.

A delegation of students trying to reach the venue from Jamia Millia Islamia were detained near Mandi House.

The protesters were taken to various police stations across the Capital.

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JNU student Najeeb Ahmed case: The story till now

Missing JNU student’s mother, sister detained

The mother and sister of JNU student Najeeb Ahmed, missing now for 23 days, were on Sunday detained when they, along with scores of agitating students, tried to take out a protest march to India Gate, demanding intensified police efforts to trace him.

Fatima Nafees, mother of Najeeb, along with the students, who were on their way to India Gate, was allegedly dragged into a bus by the Delhi police.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal criticised the action and visited the police station. Ms. Nafees and her daughter Sadaf were later released.

Earlier in the day, Mr. Kejriwal met President Pranab Mukherjee, and said he had been given an assurance that the President would seek a report from the Home Ministry and the JNU administration.

The Chief Minister submitted a memorandum to the President expressing concern over the “worrisome” situation prevailing in the university. — PTI

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We have lost all faith in JNU, says Najeeb’s mother

“We have lost all faith in the university administration,” said Fatima, the mother of JNU student Najeeb Ahmed, who has been missing for 13 days.

Addressing the media on Thursday, Najeeb’s family said the JNU administration was devoid of humanity as it took Vice-Chancellor M. Jagadesh Kumar four days to meet them, despite Najeeb’s mother Fatima camping outside the Administration Block. “We want to ask the V-C. If his son or daughter had been missing for even a day, would he not be worried? It has been 13 days, and you have not even acknowledged the fact that Najeeb was beaten the night before he went missing, or taken any disciplinary measures against those involved,” said Sadaf, Najeeb’s sister.

Nadeem, Najeeb’s cousin, said that he wanted to ask all parents if we “should stop sending our children to study and live in hostels? He also urged them to come out and pressurise the university administration and the Delhi Police into finding Najeeb.

He added that the JNU V-C, who hadn’t met Fatima till now, called up just before the press conference and asked if he could speak to her. “I refused to let them speak to her and said that we were going to tell the world how the JNU administration had treated a mother who cannot find her son.”

‘Who are they trying to shield?’

Sadaf added that in case of a scuffle at any school, college or university, it is only natural that both parties involved are interrogated. But here, they are omitting eyewitness accounts and details from that night. “I do not know who they are trying to shield. The administration is supposed to be the guardian of every student,” she added.

Administration reacts

Reacting to the family’s allegations, the university said that the JNU V-C and top officials had met the family on October 18, three days after Najeeb went missing. They said that they tried to meet them again on Thursday to apprise them of their efforts to trace Najeeb.

The JNUSU, meanwhile, has demanded that the police should first rule out Najeeb’s presence on the JNU campus by searching the jungles. They have also asked that those accused of assaulting Ahmed be questioned and arrested immediately, and their phone records examined. The JNUSU has called for a protest outside the Delhi Police headquarters on Friday afternoon.

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Attempts were made to kill Najeeb, says student

JNU student Najeeb Ahmed, who has been missing for a week.

JNU student Najeeb Ahmed, who has been missing for a week.  

: Attempts were made to kill Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student Najeeb Ahmed, who has been missing from campus for a week, claimed a fellow student.

A student of the School of Biotechnology, Najeeb Ahmed allegedly went missing last Saturday following a brawl on the campus allegedly with members of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) the night before.

An FIR for kidnapping and wrongfully confining a person was lodged at the Vasant Kunj North police station.

“I heard some noises from the first floor. When I rushed down, I saw Najeeb was bleeding from the mouth and nose. We called the warden, and took Najeeb to help him wash himself in the bathroom. But few students came and thrashed Najeeb inside the bathroom. They were shouting that he should not be spared,” said Shahid Raza Khan, an M.Phil student at JNU’s School of International Studies (SIS).

ABVP denies allegations

The ABVP, however, rubbished the allegations as baseless.

“If he was beaten up that badly, why did not the warden get a medical test conducted? There are none because he wasn’t attacked,” Alok Singh, president of JNU’s ABVP unit, said.

The incident has led the campus to be on boil yet again with agitating students keeping Vice-Chancellor M. Jagadesh Kumar and other senior officials under siege for over 20 hours alleging inaction on the administration’s part.

Following protests by students, Home Minister Rajnath Singh had directed the Delhi Police to set up a Special Investigating Team to trace the student.

Meanwhile, the All India Students’ Association (AISA), which is running a campaign, “Bring back Najeeb”, staged a protest at Delhi University on Saturday. —PTI

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Najeeb, a quiet, meritorious student, says mother

“A simple, meritorious student who did not get involved in politics, and had a few friends” is how Fatima Nafees described her son Najeeb Ahmed, the JNU student who has now been missing for over six days.

Hailing from Badaun in Uttar Pradesh, 27-year-old Najeeb joined JNU on August 1 this year to pursue M.Sc in Biotechnology. Due to the hostel crisis at the university, he had been allotted room number 106 at Mahi-Mandavi hostel only 10 days before his disappearance. His roommate Mohammed Qasim described Najeeb as generally “very quiet” and said they had had very little interaction.

Najeeb had done his schooling from Florence Nightingale Academy, Badaun, and went on to pursue B.Sc in Biotechnology from Invertis University, Bareilly.

He had tried to crack various medical entrance exams, but found his calling in the field of biotechnology.

Najeeb had secured admission in several universities, including Jamia Hamdard and Aligarh Muslim University, but eventually opted for Jamia Millia Islamia for his M.Sc in Biotechnology. He later gave up his seat at JMI to join JNU for the same course.

Najeeb's family members said they manage their daily expenses from the rent they receive from a shop they own back home.

His father, a carpenter, was left disabled after an accident.

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‘My son is missing...those who attacked him are roaming freely’

JNU student Najeeb Ahmed still missing; political battle brewing on campus

“It has been four days... Where is my son? Bring him back...”

An inconsolable Fatima, the mother of missing Jawaharlal Nehru University student Najeeb Ahmed, has been repeating this line continuously outside the Administration Block on JNU campus since she arrived at the university. Observing a university strike around her on Tuesday were various student, who demanded the need for the administration to take a more pro-active role in finding Najeeb, as well as investigating the incident.

Meanwhile, a political battle has been brewing over the incident between the JNU Students’ Union (JNUSU) and members of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) about what exactly happened on the night of October 14 that compelled Najeeb to leave campus the next day after asking his family to visit him on campus.

His mother said: “My son is missing, but the boys who attacked him are roaming freely. What sort of a situation is this?”

After being slammed for saying that the matter had been “resolved” and calling Najeeb an accused in the incident, the university in a statement on Tuesday said it was making all efforts to resolve the incident that took place at Mahi-Mandavi Hostel. “The Delhi Police have been approached to investigate the matter and the administration is regularly in communication with them. All PCR vans in Delhi and all senior superintendents of police throughout India have been alerted, and efforts are being made to trace the student,” informed the university.

JNU added that the police had intimated all six neighbouring States and put up information about Najeeb on Zip-net in northern zone. Besides this, all relevant central agencies, including the NCRB (National Crime Record Bureau) and the missing section of the Central Bureau of Investigation have been requested for help. The university has also initiated a Proctorial inquiry to investigate the incident and has reached out to students to maintain peace on campus. JNU added that it was “highly concerned that some vested interests are trying to vitiate the atmosphere on campus at a time when the administration is focusing on tracing Najeeb”.

Late on Monday night, hundreds of students marched to the Vasant Kunj police station to file a complaint of assault. “After futile talks with the administration, JNUSU has filed a complaint along with all eyewitnesses of the altercation between Najeeb and ABVP members in the hostel. Hundreds of students present at the police station on Monday signed a complaint letter demanding urgent action by the police,” informed JNUSU.

The APVP, too, carried out protests on campus and asked for protection for Vikrant Kumar, Ankit Kumar and Sunil — the three students who had reached Najeeb’s room while campaigning for the hostel mess committee election. According to the APVP, Najeeb slapped the students without provocation. It has demanded that the administration probe the role of Najeeb’s room-mate Quasim and JNUSU president Mohit Pandey, who they allege have been giving inconsistent statements about what happened that night.

The JNU Teachers’ Association has called for protests on Wednesday to press upon the university to ensure Najeeb’s safe return and a fair inquiry into the concerted violence.

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JNU slammed over missing student

‘apathy’:The university administration has come under attack by students for failing to safeguard the first-year student and reporting the matter to the police. — File Photo

‘apathy’:The university administration has come under attack by students for failing to safeguard the first-year student and reporting the matter to the police. — File Photo  

Najeeb Ahmed has been missing for three days since a brawl with ABVP members in a hostel

It has been three days since Najeeb Ahmed, a first-year student of Jawaharlal Nehru University, went missing after a brawl with members of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) at Mahi-Mandavi Hostel and the police are yet to locate him.

A complaint has been filed by the student’s family and a case registered under Section 365 (kidnapping with intent secretly and wrongfully to confine person) of the Indian Penal Code at Vasant Kunj north police station. According to the police, Najeeb last spoke to his mother around 1.30 a.m. on October 15, as she was supposed to visit him later in the day. His mobile phone was found in the hostel room.

Meanwhile, the university administration has come under attack from the student community for failing to safeguard Najeeb and reporting the matter to the police, as the incident occurred in the presence of private security guards on campus as well as the senior hostel warden.

Stating that a search for Najeeb had been ordered, the university administration said in a statement that they were in constant touch with the police to facilitate the investigation. The administration added that the matter had been resolved before Najeeb went missing the morning after the incident, and that a decision had been taken on disciplinary measures after a meeting with the wardens of the hostel and the students present.

The JNU Students’ Union (JNUSU) organised a protest on Monday to ensure that “perpetrators of group violence and those indulging in communal hate-mongering” are punished. They called on the entire JNU community as well as the police to take all steps to find Najeeb and ensure his safety.



The JNUSU said: “On the night of the incident, members of the ABVP threatened Najeeb’s life and limbs in the warden’s office in front of senior warden Sushil Kumar and other wardens Somyajit Ray and Arun Srivastava. They repeatedly told the wardens not to initiate any proceedings and leave Najeeb to them, and that they would not spare him.”

Alleging that there are serious efforts to communalise the issue and communally polarize the campus, the union added that deeply offensive statements like “Muslims are Terrorists” were written on the table of the common room in Mahi-Mandavi Hostel.

Stating that it was shocking to see the administration’s apathy, JNUSU president Mohit Kumar said no concrete steps had been taken despite Najeeb missing from the campus for over three days now.

Reacting to the incident, Rama Naga, the AISA president of JNU unit, lashed out at the university saying that instead of taking action against the culprits, JNU made Najeeb as the accused and the ABVP student the victims.

Former JNUSU vice-president Shehla Rashid accused the Vice-Chancellor of trying to shield the ABVP members, saying there had not been a single word of condemnation over the communal attack from him. Instead, according to Ms. Rashid, he said that the matter had been “resolved” despite Najeeb not being found.

Stressing on the immediate task of finding the missing student, former JNUSU general secretary Saurabh Sharma, who is a member of the ABVP, said the Left parties on campus were trying to politicise the issue by giving it a communal touch.

“The incident occurred when ABVP students, who were campaigning in the hostel, were slapped by Najeeb. He even admitted to his mistake. In an emergency meeting held after the incident, he was expelled from the hostel and asked to vacate on or before October 21.”

The JNU Teachers’ Association also condemned the incident and termed it as failure of the university administration in handling the matter. The JNUTA stated that this showed the administration’s inability to carry out their responsibility to safeguard interests of the student community.

Efforts were made to contact the family of the missing student, but they refused to speak about the incident.



On the night of the incident, members of the ABVP threatened Najeeb in the warden’s office in front of the wardens...



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