Missing JNU student Najeeb Ahmad’s family and JNUSU office-bearers on Thursday alleged that the administration and police had been “callous” and “insensitive” in dealing with the case.
They alleged that no extensive search of the campus, especially of the forest area, had been conducted, and that none of the 20-odd “eyewitnesses” who saw Najeeb being allegedly assaulted on October 14 had been questioned.
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Alleging insensitivity by the administration, Najeeb’s cousin said at a press conference at the Press Club of India that she could not see any “humanity” in how they were dealing with the situation.
“Whenever there is a fight between two sides, both sides are made to write down their explanation. Why was no written explanation sought from the ABVP activists who hit him? Why haven’t they been questioned till now?” she alleged.
Najeeb’s relative Nadeem said the police were only searching for him in dargahs in and around the city. “They can search for him in dargahs 500 km away but they can’t do a thorough search in the campus first,” he said.
JNU Rector Chintamani Mahapatra later tweeted: “Yesterday once again Police and JNU security undertook combing operation in forested areas of campus in search of Najeeb… JNU VC and top officials met Najeeb’s family on 18 Oct and again tried multiple times today to apprise them of efforts to trace him.”