Missing JNU student’s matter reaches North Block; Rajnath assures family

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New Delhi: Missing JNU student Najeeb's mother coming out after meeting Home Minister Rajnath Singh at his residence in New Delhi, Nov 8, 2016. Photo - PTI

New Delhi: Missing JNU student Najeeb’s mother coming out after meeting Home Minister Rajnath Singh at his residence in New Delhi, Nov 8, 2016.
Photo – PTI

The mother of missing JNU student, Najeeb Ahmed, met with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday seeking intervention of the Centre into the incident. 27-year-old Najeeb, who took admission in the School of Biotechnology this session (August 2016), has been missing since October 15 after a brawl in his hostel, allegedly with the members of ABVP.

Samajwadi Party MP from Badaun, Dharmendra Yadav, accompanied Najeeb’s family – his mother Fatima Nafees, sister and other family members.

According to reports, the Union Home minister gave a patient hearing to Najeeb’s mother and assured them that no effort is spared to locate their missing son.

Delhi Police, which has set up a special team to pursue the case, are yet to trace him. In last few days they interrogated ABVP members, with whom Najeeb had a scuffle before his disappearance.

Badaun MP Dharmendra Yadav, meanwhile, said “If police are not able to trace him, we will approach court and raise the issue in Parliament”.

File Photo of Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

File Photo of Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

Speaking to the press after their meeting with the Union Home minister, Najeeb’s sister Sadaf rubbished allegations that he was mentally unstable and said efforts are being made to “defame” him instead of tracing him.

“He had cracked university exams, he is a studious child. Do you think a person studying at such a prestigious institution can be mentally unstable? I request (all) that please don’t defame him. He had sleeping problems that children who are studying often have due to pressure. He had no other problem,” she said.

The issue has seen repeated protest within the JNU campus and even outside. Last weekend, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, CPI(M) veteran Prakash Karat along with several other noted personalities joined agitating students and Najeeb’s family in their protest at the JNU campus.

On Sunday, Najeeb’s mother and several JNU students were detained by Delhi Police after they had assembled at India Gate to hold protest against the police and authorities response to the incident.

Najeeb’s mother has all through claimed that he could not have left the campus on his own.

“I spoke to him at 11 PM, he wasn’t depressed. He was waiting for me, he had called me up. He did not go anywhere on his own he has been kidnapped…I am sure about it,” Nafees said.

The varsity had also witnessed a boil after the agitating students locked down the Vice Chancellor and other senior officials in the administrative building. It took authorities nearly 20 hours to end the ugly stalemate.

(With inputs from the PTI)