As the search for Najeeb Ahmad continues and becomes increasingly politicised, sbcltr lists down a timeline of events that’ll help you understand everything you need to know about the case
Najeeb Ahmad, is a 27-year-old student who shifted to the university campus a mere fortnight before he went missing. What is becoming increasingly clear besides the increasing nuisance value of ABVP (first accused in the suspension of Rohith Vemula at Hyderabad University, then accused of manhandling women at the North Campus at a rally last month) is the fact that in this political mess, the biggest loser is Najeeb Ahmad.
sbcltr lists down the timeline of the events that will help you make sense of what has been happening in this mysterious case of disappearance.
At around 11:30 PM, Vikrant Kumar, Ankit Kumar and Sunil Pratap of ABVP go into room number 106 of Mahi-Mandvi Hostel to campaign. Najeeb Ahmad has recently moved into the hostel and a scuffle breaks out between him and the ABVP members. The members claim that Ahmad slapped Vikrant Kumar because he is wearing a religious thread on his wrist. Ahmad is then dragged out of his room and severely beaten up. The issue is taken to the warden. ABVP denies beating up Ahmad and the warden asks him to move to another hostel by October 21. A 25 point bulletin is prepared by the JNU administration. The bulletin does not include the fact that Ahmad was severely beaten up. Ahmad’s mother receives a frantic call from him at night and rushes to Delhi from Badaun.
Ahmad goes missing. He leaves behind all his belongings, including his wallet and mobile phone.
Ahmad’s family files an FIR at the Vasant Kunj police station for kidnapping and wrongful confinement. Police announce a reward of Rs.50, 000 for anyone with information on Ahmad’s whereabouts. The police receive an anonymous tip saying that he was last seen taking an auto-rickshaw out of the campus.
Protests break out in the campus and JNUSU demands that the police as well as the JNU administration take strong measures to find the missing person. JNU administration takes out a press release in which they term Ahmad as an “accused.”
Nearly 700 students take out a protest marched from JNU to the Vasant Kunj police station demanding a faster investigation. They also register an FIR against the students who had allegedly beaten up Ahmad. The JNU Vice-Chancellor meets Ahmad’s mother and sister, assuring them that they will do everything to help find the missing student. The students also block the premises of 12 JNU officials, refusing to let them leave the building.
JNU teachers association stage a protest and accuse the administration of failing to ‘safeguard the interests of the University, its students and members.’
Ahmad’s mother, Fatima, holds a media briefing and states that she has lost all faith in university administration
Fatima meets Delhi chief minister, Arvind Kejriwal, who promises that the government will use all measures to trace her son.
All political parties get involved in the matter. Arvind Kejriwal, Prakash Karat, Shashi Tharoor, Digvijaya Singh, visit the campus to extend their support to the students and the family of Ahmad.
200 students, Ahmad’s mother and sister are detained by the Delhi Police at Mayapuri police station for protesting at Jantar Mantar. They are seen manhandling the protestors on video. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal meets President Pranab Mukherjee. The President promises promised to seek report from the MHA on the missing student.
Najeeb Ahmad is still missing.