Around 150 JNU students detained, let off after trying to take protest to MHA

The students planned to hold a protest outside the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) over the disappearance of JNU student Najeeb Ahmad.

Written by Aranya Shankar | New Delhi | Updated: October 26, 2016 1:20 pm
JNu, jawaharlal nehru university, jnu students detained, students detained, MHA protets, JNu protest, jantar mantra protest, JNU jantar mantar protest, indian express news, delhi news, jnu news, india news Students were demanding action to trace Najeeb Ahmad. Source: Prem Nath Pandey

Around 150 JNU students were detained on Friday after they allegedly broke through barricades at Jantar Mantar and ran towards Raisina Road.

The students planned to hold a protest outside the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) over the disappearance of JNU student Najeeb Ahmad. But after their bus was diverted to Jantar Mantar, they climbed down and headed towards the Ministry.

The students were detained at Parliament Street police station and let off later in the evening.

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JNU Students’ Union office-bearers, including president Mohit Pandey, vice-president Amal P P and general secretary Satarupa Chakraborty, meanwhile submitted a memorandum to Director, MHA, Rakesh Mittal.

“We are writing to you demanding your intervention to address the situation with the seriousness it deserves. A human life is at stake and all efforts have to be made to ensure safety and justice for Ahmad,” it read.

Several students were detained as soon as they started their run in the direction of the ministry. Others were subsequently detained in two batches — from Rafi Marg and Raisina Road.

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The JNUSU demanded that a “high-level team” be assigned to locate Ahmad, and that the MHA “intervene” to “ensure that immediate and strict action is taken” on the FIR filed by JNUSU regarding Ahmad’s alleged assault.

The memorandum also criticised the “ JNU Administration’s role in this matter”.

Ahmad, a first year MSc Biotechnology student, has been missing since October 15, allegedly after an altercation with ABVP members the previous night.