JNU students seek minister’s help in search for missing student

New Delhi, Oct 21 (IANS) The JNU Students Union in a letter to the Union Home Minister on Friday sought its intervention and asked it ensure the safety of the missing student, Najeeb Ahmed, after the detained protesters were released by the Delhi Police.

Over 200 students were detained at the Parliament Street police station when they came to stage a protest at Jantar Mantar here on Friday afternoon. The protest was scheduled against the alleged laxity of the police and the university in locating the missing Ahmed.

The letter deplored the role of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) officials so far in the matter and requested the ministry to constitute a committee with proper mandate and logistical support to search for Ahmed.

The memo, which was submitted to Home Ministry Director Rakesh Mittal, also termed the attack as “communally motivated”.

A Special Investigation Team (SIT) has been formed by the police based on the FIR lodged in the case by Ahmed’s mother.

The JNU has been on the boil since the disappearance of Ahmed on October 15 after he was beaten up by a group of students allegedly associated with Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), affiliated to the RSS.

The incident occurred on the night of October 14 at the Mahi-Mandavi hostel inside the campus when an ABVP student, Vikrant, went to Ahmed’s room to talk about hostel conditions.

A mob of 25-30 students reached the hostel immediately and beat up Ahmed, eyewitnesses told IANS. Leaving his phone and laptop behind, Ahmed disappeared the next day. He has remained untraced since then.

–IANS

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