Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Thursday hit out at the Centre for “failing to act” against the ABVP members who allegedly had an altercation with JNU student Najeeb Ahmad the night before he went missing. Kejriwal said the incident has sent out a “clear message” — that anyone who raises their voice against the “hooliganism” of the “right-wing forces” would “not be spared”.
Addressing hundreds of students on the JNU campus, he said that the Delhi Police “does not have the courage to conduct a fair inquiry” as they report to the central government and ABVP members are the accused in this case. Najeeb has been missing for 20 days now. Kejriwal said, “There is only one solution: the struggle needs to be taken out of JNU and into the streets. Let’s sit at India Gate. Let’s make teams of students who will call people from different universities… The BJP only understands the language of votes.”
Politicians from several other opposition parties, including Congress, CPM, CPI, JD(U), RJD and CPI(ML), also addressed the students on Thursday. CPM leader Prakash Karat said, “This campus has fought against the Emergency; it did not get cowed down and surrender. Now something worse than the Emergency is taking place. The Emergency was a one-off episode. But now there are continuous attempts to destroy the very ethos of the university.”
Attacking the JNU administration, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor said, “Why has there been no serious investigation into the events of that night? There must be an independent investigation. The police and V-C have to answer why the campus was not searched immediately.” Earlier in the day, the JNU administration had appealed to students and teachers to “discourage obstructive politics and protests on the campus”, alleging that it is hampering the smooth functioning of the university.