Where is Najeeb Ahmad? Many students in Jawaharlal Nehru University continue to ask this question with several reporters too camped on the campus to find out Ahmad’s whereabouts after reports surfaced more than 48 hours ago of his missing from his hostel after an alleged altercation with some members of ABVP members.
Ahmad, pursuing MSc in Biotechnology at JNU and resident of room 106 of Mahi/Mandavi hostel, has gone missing since Saturday, reported dailies. Following the incident, Ahmad’s parent filed a complaint and then a case under section 365 (kidnapping with intent secretly and wrongfully to confine person) of IPC has been registered at the Vasant Kunj North police station.
An eye witness of the incident, Shahid Raza Khan, a research scholar said Ahmad, who joined the university in the current session, was allegedly beaten up by some ABVP members when they were holding a door-to-door campaign at the hostel for the mess committee election.
Khan stated: “After an altercation ABVP activists came to avenge it and beat him up.”Following the incidents many students fear for their safety on the campus. JNUSU that has called for a total shutdown of the university claimed that Ahmad did accept of hitting Kumar
The JNUSU claimed Ahmad accepted hitting Vikrant Kumar, as reported by The Indian Express, but was “brutally attacked” by ABVP members an allegation that has been denied by the ABVP.
Vikrant Kumar told The Indian Express: “I had barely started campaigning when Ahmad slapped me and enquired about the red thread I was wearing. He then slapped me twice more. Despite all this, we sorted the situation. Nobody attacked Ahmad. The JNUSU is now politicising the matter.”
Ahmad’s mother Fatima Nafeesi told The Indian Express: “He said nothing except that ‘Mere saath koi haadsa ho gaya hai, aap aa jaiye (There has been an incident, please come)’. I told him I would leave as soon as possible, but would not make it to Delhi before noon the next day. I called his roommate Qasim, who said it was just a small incident and everything was under control. I spoke to him again Saturday at 11 am, from Anand Vihar Railway Station, and told him I was on the way, but when I reached the university around noon, he was gone. His mobile phone, wallet, everything was in the room. Now, I sit holding his mobile, hoping he will call me any minute. I just want my son back. If the university wants to rusticate him, let them do so…”
Several versions of the incident are doing the rounds on the campus.
Sushil Kumar, senior warden of the hostel, said Ahmad had accepted slapping Vikrant Kumar. “He just said he had done it because he got angry… I did not see him being beaten up,” he said.
There was a protest organised by JNUSU at the university demanding the JNU administration to immediately take up the matter with police from the university’s side. However, the JNUSU has failed to mobilize the students in large scale.