Delhi police on Sunday detained several JNU students who were protesting against the mysterious disappearance of Najeeb Ahmad – an M.Sc student in JNU – at Jantar Mantar.
Najeeb’s mother, sister and many of the students were later detained by the police.
Fatima Ahmed was participating in the protest held by JNU students regarding the failure of the authorities to trace her son who had gone missing last month. She has been camping in Delhi since last month, after coming from Badaun in Uttar Pradesh following a frantic phone call from her son on the evening of October 14. The day after, it was found that the Biotechnology student had gone missing.
Earlier in the day, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal apprised President Pranab Mukherjee of the current status of Najeeb Ahmad who has been missing for the past 21 days. President Mukherjee promised to seek a report from home ministry on the missing student.
“I’m not in a position to say anything… These people instead of looking for my brother are putting us in jail. I’m in Mandir Marg Police Station right now. The way the policemen were talking to me was uncivilized. Is that how you talk to a woman? They dragged and put me on the bus,” Najeeb’s sister said.
“The shameless Delhi Police, which failed to find Najeeb for the last 23 days, have misbehaved with Najeeb’s mother. She was beaten up and dragged into the police van. His sister is also detained,” said Satarupa Chakraborty, general secretary of Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union, slamming Sunday’s police intervention in a peaceful rally.
“People who were involved in the brawl with Najeeb were questioned by the police yesterday, 22 days after he went missing. That was also a formality. We have apprised the President of the matter. He has assured us that he will seek a report from the Delhi Police and JNU in this regard,” Kejriwal said.
“Met Hon’ble Prez to seek his intervention on missing JNU student Najeeb. He assured of all support n that he will seek report from MHA n JNU,” he later tweeted.
The students say Najeeb had gone missing after a brawl at his hostel. The Left-linked All India Students Association has alleged that before he vanished, Mr Ahmed was beaten up by activists of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, which is linked to the ruling BJP. The ABVP has denied any involvement in his disappearance.