ON A day the Delhi High Court transferred the probe into the disappearance of JNU student Najeeb Ahmad from the police to CBI, a source in Delhi Police on Tuesday said that the investigators were continuously checking four Facebook accounts the missing first-year MSc Biotechnology student had created with different names while studying in different universities.
Sources said investigators began monitoring the Facebook accounts after failing to get any leads from their raids in Uttar Pradesh, Odisha, Chennai, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, a few Maharashtra villages, and even Nepal. “Najeeb had created four accounts. One, under the name of Najeeb Ahmad, was created after he joined JNU. Another profile was created (in Mohd Najeeb’s name) when he was studying in Jamia Millia Islamia,” the source said. “He also created a profile with the name Ahmad Najeeb when he was in Aligarh Muslim University. He had created the first profile (Najeeb) after finishing school.”
Investigators, the source said, had gone into a tizzy after they learnt that one Gmail ID, used to create the account, was accessed in Uttar Pradesh. The police later found that Najeeb and his uncle had the same IDs, and the latter had accessed the mail. Earlier, the bench of Justices G S Sistani and Rekha Palli transferred the probe to CBI on a plea by Najeeb’s mother after Delhi Police did not make any objection. Senior advocate Colin Gonsalves, counsel for Najeeb’s mother, told The Indian Express, “I made a lot of objections. (I) said we have no faith in Delhi Police. We have no faith in the DCP. Therefore (we urged court to) transfer the case…”
The bench also said that an officer of the rank not less than a DIG will supervise the probe. Delhi Police’s Crime Branch officers believe that the status of the case could have been different had the special investigation team (SIT), formed to probe the case, traced the autorickshaw driver who had claimed to have driven Najeeb from JNU to Jamia Millia Islamia on October 15 last year following a scuffle, allegedly with two ABVP members. The case was soon transferred to the Crime Branch, and they traced the auto driver within three days.
“Had the SIT traced the driver earlier, they would have gained access to CCTV footage and got clues about where he had gone. By the time the driver was traced — in November last year — the footage was deleted as per regular practice,” a senior officer said. “Even the Forensic Science Laboratory (in Rohini) could not retrieve the footage.”