India’s one of the most prestigious varsity, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) is witnessing a boil again. This time over the disappearance of one MA student after scuffle in his hostel that has led to a protest within campus. The protests intensified late on Wednesday as the agitating students locked down the Vice Chancellor and other senior officials in the administrative building.
While, Vice Chancellor Jagadesh Kumar and other senior officials were able to leave the building Thursday afternoon, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has asked Delhi Police to intensify the seacrh operation of the missing student.
Najeeb Ahmed, who took admission in the School of Biotechnology this session (August 2016), has been missing since Saturday after a brawl in his hostel. According to a section of students, Ahmed was beaten up by activists of the ABVP, which is linked to the ruling BJP.
For the last five days JNU is seeing protest over the issue, with JNU Students’ Union alleging the authorities of being callous in their response.
“We have been locked inside the building since 2.30 PM. There is a female colleague with us who is unwell as she is diabetic,” JNU Vice Chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar said appealing the students to end stand-off.
The JNUSU, on the other hand, defended its stand claiming there has been no “illegal detention”.
“We have not illegally confined anybody in JNU administrative building. Electricity and all kind of supplies are here. We have also sent food for people inside,” Mohit Pandey, President, JNUSU said.
“The blockade is due to the insensitive way of handling the matter of Najeeb Ahmed — the violence against him by ABVP which led to him missing from the campus for over five days now and the JNU administration trying to shield the culprits while refusing to lodge an FIR,” the JNUSU President said.
On its part, the ABVP refuted with the allegations claiming inconsistencies in the statements of the JNUSU president Mohit Pandey and the roommate of Ahmad.
Meanwhile, an FIR for kidnapping and wrongfully confining a person was lodged at Vasant Kunj North police station yesterday after the police received a complaint from the student’s guardians.
With protests intensifying amid allegations and counter-allegations by the student outfits, the JNU administration formed a committee to look into the issue.
“The JNU administration had summoned 12 students to depose before the proctorial committee whose names have been associated with the incidence of violence at Mahi-Mandvi hostel on October 14,” a statement released by JNU administration read.
“…we are really concerned about his safety and is constantly in touch with the police providing them whatever information required. We also appeal to Najeeb if his is reading this to return to the university. We assure him of all help,” the Vice Chancellor said addressing the press, for the first after incident took place.
(With inputs from the PTI)