The Delhi Police on Monday sent its Crime Branch teams with sniffer dogs to Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) to look for missing student Najeeb Ahmad. The teams scanned the entire campus, including hostel rooms, classrooms and rooftops.
This came after the Delhi High Court on December 9 criticised the police force and asked how the first-year student could “vanish suddenly”. Ahmad disappeared from the campus on October 15 after a brawl with members of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad on the university campus.
At least 600 policemen reached the campus including team members of Special Cell of Delhi Police.
On December 14, a bench of justices GS Sistani and Vinod Goel had asked Delhi Police to take all necessary steps without further loss of time to trace out the student – Najeeb Ahmed, saying there has been a delay in recording statements of some students suspected of thrashing him a day before his disappearance.
Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and its student union JNUSU were asked by the bench to file affidavits in two days stating they have no objection to the ‘thorough search’ and that all assistance would be provided to the police.
The JNU Students’ Union has agreed to the search operation. “JNUSU had given affidavit that they will cooperate after which the search is being carried out in the campus. It started around 10 am today [Monday],” JNUSU President Mohit Pandey said.