More than two weeks after JNU student Najeeb Ahmad went missing, police are still struggling to find leads to crack the case. According to police sources, a major obstacle is that Najeeb was only carrying his wallet and not his mobile phone with him. As a result, police are having to rely on “human intelligence” to track him.
Najeeb had gone missing on October 15. When he did not return even the next evening, his mother approached Vasant Kunj North police station. A sub-inspector level officer started investigating the case.
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When police failed to trace him the next day as well, a case under IPC Section 365 (abduction) was registered. A team led by K P Kukreti, Assistant Commissioner of Police (Vasant Vihar), took charge of the search and Inspector Gagan Bhaskar, Station House Officer, Vasant Kunj North, was asked to deploy more men to look for him.
At least eight teams were formed, many of which are still camping in Ajmer Sharif in Rajasthan, his home in Uttar Pradesh’s Badaun, and in Bareilly, where he used to study before moving to Delhi. His photographs have been shown to people and visitors at various religious places in the three cities.
Sources said police have also searched the JNU campus and conducted combing operations in and around the jungles nearby at least six times but in vain. A Delhi Police team also said they have shown Najeeb’s photographs to various auto drivers who ply around the campus.
On October 20, a Special Investigating Team was constituted under the supervision of Additional DCP (south) Manishi Chandra. The SIT has so far questioned over 100 people, including his classmates, friends and other university staff members.
A Delhi Police official has also been deployed to keep a constant tab on the Zonal Integrated Police Network. Another team is tracking his Facebook and other social media accounts.
“Yes, we are facing some problems as he was not carrying his mobile phone. But we are putting in our best efforts to find him,” R P Upadhyay, Joint Commissioner of Police, (southeastern range), told The Indian Express.