#FindNajeeb: JNU students march towards Police Station, all detained
Ghazanfar Abbas, IndiaTomorrow.net,
New Delhi, Oct 26: Over hundred students of JNU took out a protest march from the campus towards the local Police Station Wednesday evening. As soon as they reached the police station, a clash erupted and the Police had to lathi-charge the protesters. All the protesters were detained by the police and taken to the RK Puram Police Station.
Some students said they were beaten up by the Police.
"Delhi Police attacked and detained us from Vasant Vihar while protesting peacefully. It has taken us to R K Puram police station. Five of our friends are detained while protesting at the Vasant Kunj," said Rama Naga.
The students had announced to block the main road in their bid to put pressure on the university administration and the Delhi Police to find out Najeeb Ahmed. Today is the 12the day of his mysterious disappearance from his hostel room.
Some of the students were critical of the Police for allegedly not interrogating the students who allegedly assaulted Najeeb on the intervening night of 14-15 Oct.
Questioning the investigation process of the police, Satarupa Chakraborty, general secretary, JNUSU asked to the police while protesting outside the Vasant Kunj Police station,"We have one question to you, why no interrogation has been done with assaulters by the police yet? It has been 12 days since Najeeb disappeared. "
JNU students protesting outside the Vasant Kunj police station on 26 Oct 2016. (Photo - IndiaTomorrow.net)
Najeeb, first year student of M.Sc. (Biotechnology), went missing from his Room No. 106 at the Mahi-Mandavi hostel of JNU, on 15th October, day after an alleged scuffle with some members of ABVP (Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad), a student group affiliated with the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party. Eyewitness and some residents of the hostel have alleged that during the scuffle on 14th Oct night, Najeeb was brutally assaulted by a mob of 15-20 students. On the complaint of his mother, the local Vasant Kunj police station lodged a case of abduction on 16th Oct. On the instruction of Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, the Delhi Police also set up a Special Investigation Team on 20th Oct.
Najeeb's mysterious disappearance has forced the students to hold protest demonstration. Since 17th Oct, students have been continuously protesting inside and outside the campus. On 21st Oct, over 100 students tried to march towards the Ministry of Home Affairs. However, they were detained on the way and let off later in the evening. On 23rd Oct, they made a long human chain at the campus - from the Administrative Bloc to the Residence of Vice Chancellor. Najeeb's mother, sister and brother were also part of the human chain. The family has been protesting along with the students at the campus since the day one.
The university has also expressed serious concerns over the disappearance of Najeeb.
"The missing of a student from the campus is everybody's concern in JNU and the entire JNU community should make combined endeavours to trace Najeeb. Unlawful protests, as was seen in illegal seize of the Administration building with all officials, including the Vice Chancellor, physically confined for more than 20 hours, are not the appropriate methods to find Najeeb. All of us need to cooperate," said the university in a press statement on 23rd Oct.
However, the university cautioned against politicization of the issue.
"The ethos, norms and peaceful methods of resolving issues within the university are at stake because of reported attempts by some vested interests to give it a communal colour...The Administration appeals to the entire JNU community to unite against politicisation of Najeeb Ahmed missing case and cooperate to locate and ensure Najeeb's safe return to the campus," said the university.