JNU seeks CBI help to locate missing student, police question friends, family

Police sources said a special team, led by an assistant commissioner of police-level officer, had been constituted to search for the missing student

Written by Aranya Shankar | New Delhi | Updated: October 20, 2016 1:21 pm
JNU, JNU student missing, JNU protests, JNU news, JNU missing student, JNU student news, Delhi news A protest against the disappearance of JNU student Najeeb Ahmad in the university Tuesday. (Express Photo by Tashi Tobgyal)

Four days after JNU student Najeeb Ahmad went missing, following an alleged altercation with the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the university Tuesday said agencies such as the CBI and the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) have been requested to help with the investigation.

JNU authorities said the university was “making all possible effort to resolve” the matter, and also expressed concern about some “vested interests” trying to “vitiate the atmosphere” of the campus.

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Police sources said a special team, led by an assistant commissioner of police-level officer, had been constituted to search for the missing student.

They said police had approached Ahmad’s friends, relatives and the other students who he had been in touch with the last few weeks. Police have also collected the call data records of Ahmad’s mobile phone, said sources.

As Ahmad was reportedly seen getting into an auto-rickshaw outside the campus, before he went missing, police have questioned auto-rickshaw drivers near the campus, said sources.

In a statement, JNU said, “All PCR vans in Delhi and all SSPs throughout India have been alerted and efforts are being made to trace the student. Further, police have informed all six neighbouring states of the capital and posted the information on zip-net in the northern zone. Moreover, all relevant central agencies, including the NCRB and… CBI have been requested for help.”

It added, “In the meantime, the administration is highly concerned that some vested interests are trying to vitiate the atmosphere in the campus at a time when the administration is focusing on tracing Mr Najeeb Ahmad. This is not in the interest of the university and the JNU community, and the administration appeals to the entire JNU community to cooperate to maintain peace in the campus and help resolve the issue.”

Meanwhile, the JNU campus continued to witness protests, with the JNU Students’ Union and the ABVP leveling allegations against each other.

(With inputs from Alok Singh)