Mother of missing JNU student meets Delhi CM

New Delhi, Oct 31 (IANS) The mother of missing JNU student Najeeb Ahmed on Monday met Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal who assured that his government will use all its resources to trace her son.

Ahmad, an M.Sc first-year student, has been missing for the last 17 days, following an alleged altercation with some ABVP students.

“I am with you and will do whatever is required to help trace him. It’s a very serious matter and the government will not let you down, and use all its resources available to help you out,” Kejriwal told Najeeb’s mother, Fatima Nafees, who accompanied by Ahmed’s relatives and a JNU Students Union delegation, met him at his residence.

“I would leave no stone unturned in helping find Najeeb,” Kejriwal was quoted as saying in a statement issued here.

The delegation of Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union (JNUSU), headed by its General Secretary Satarupa Chakraborty, submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minister demanding his intervention in ensuring strong action by the police, which students said had failed to trace Najeeb so far, even after a Special Investigation Team (SIT) was set up.

The students raised the issue of the university administration’s “failure” with the Chief Minister and apprised him of “total abdication of institutional responsibility” and its “partisan role” in the entire affair.

It was also brought to his notice that a Proctorial Inquiry which was constituted to probe the incident, also failed to do justice with the victim, and instead termed him an “accused” in its report.

“The JNU administration on October 17, far from assuring Najeeb’s safety, found it more important to refer to him as an ‘accused’ and thus, added to his fears of being prosecuted,” the memorandum read.

“The Warden’s meeting of October 16 had already taken cognisance of group violence on Najeeb and decided for enquiry into it. Yet the October 17 release by JNU administration had no mention whatsoever of the attacks on Najeeb himself,” it said.

Najeeb mysteriously went missing on the intervening night of October 14-15 after being beaten by a 20-strong mob of students who had gone campaigning to his door for hostel elections.

He had been allotted a room in Mahi-Mandvi hostel in the campus 15 days before the incident.

It has since been alleged by many eyewitnesses that the group of students who had beaten up Najeeb belonged to Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), an RSS student wing.

Earlier, the students staged a protest at the Proctor’s office, demanding action against those alleged to have beaten Najeeb.