Ahead of the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union protest at India Gate on Sunday, the varsity’s football team came out in solidarity of missing JNU student Najeeb Ahmad. The players wore jerseys bearing Najeeb’s name at the back and did not hesitate to take to the field despite the thick smog cover in Delhi. Najeeb has been missing for over 20 days now, after a scuffle with a ABVP member inside the campus.
On Sunday, Delhi Police detained Najeeb’s mother, relatives and students outside the National Archives of India before they could begin. They were protesting against the alleged “inaction” of Delhi Police over the disappearance of Najeeb, who has been missing for close to a month now.
Najeeb’s mother Fatima Nafees was taken to Mayapuri police station, his cousin Sadaf Musharraf and other family members were taken to Mandir Marg police station. Nafees told The Indian Express, “It has been 24 days and they have not been able to find my son. Instead, they are detaining innocent students. If they had deployed such a huge force to find my son, he would have been found by now.”
JNUSU President Mohit Pandey, who was detained at South Avenue police station, alleged, “We were beaten up. They also accused us of hiding Najeeb. This shows the seriousness of the police.”