Following directions from Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Delhi Police Thursday constituted a special investigation team (SIT) to trace JNU student Najeeb Ahmad, who has been missing since Saturday after an alleged altercation with Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) activists.
“We have formed an SIT under Additional DCP-II (South) Manishi Chandra to probe the case. We have also informed the SSPs concerned as well as police officers across India… we have also put out advertisements in newspapers,” said Nupur Prasad, additional DCP-I (south).
A reward of Rs 50,000 has been announced for any person who provides information on Ahmad. The officer said police are going through his laptop and mobile phone for clues.
Meanwhile, members of the JNU Students’ Union (JNUSU) held University Vice-Chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar and other senior officials were confined in their offices for 22 hours, to protest their alleged inaction.
The JNUSU had blocked the exit gates of the administrative building, forcing the VC, and other officials, to remain in their respective offices till Thursday afternoon. The blockade ended at 2 pm, when the JNU Teachers’ Association and the Karamchari Association told the media they did not support the blockade.
As he remained confined inside the administrative building, the VC said in a series of tweets, “Since the students did not let us go home inspite our appeal, we have no other option but be confined to the admin building”. He added, “Few persons need medication and are feeling weak”.
Kumar also released a stern appeal, asking students to go back to their classes and hostels, and telling them that the Academic Council meeting scheduled for 2.30 pm “should go on with no interruption”.
While JNUSU claimed that the VC and others had been provided food during the blockade, the vice chancellor claimed that this was a “lie”. “Students are spreading lies by saying they sent food and water inside. We didn’t eat anything and slept on the floor,” said Kumar.
Rector Chintamani Mahapatra, who was one of the officials confined inside the building, said they stayed hungry during the 22-hour blockade, surviving only on biscuits. “We were in our offices through the night. There was no question of sleeping properly, we just stretched out wherever we found space,” he told The Indian Express.
Meanwhile, JNUSU President Mohit Pandey demanded that the administration file a formal police complaint over Ahmed’s disappearance, and hand out interim punishment to ABVP activists accused of assaulting the student.