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JNU student Najeeb Ahmed goes missing after alleged altercation with ABVP members

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New Delhi:There is still no sign of the 27-year-old’s Najeeb Ahmed, a first year MSc Biotech student who joined JNU in July this year after an altercation with ABVP members.

A case under section 365 (kidnapping with intent secretly and wrongfully to confine person) of IPC has been registered on the basis of a complaint by his parents.

According to senior warden of Mahi-Mandavi hostel, where Ahmed’s room is, over 150 students had been involved in the altercation with Ahmed. Hostel students who witnessed the incident have confirmed and said the group of students affiliated to the ABVP was easily 150-strong and roughed up Ahmed on Friday night.

Najeeb’s roommate and other students say that he may have been abducted because of an altercation between Najeeb and other students, allegedly members of BJP’s youth wing ABVP, the night before.

“While the initial altercation was between Najeeb and one other guy, it eventually led to someone gathering a mob and beating up Najeeb,” says Mohammed Shah Ahmed, who also lives in the hostel.

“We had to lock Najeeb in the bathroom. We were scared for his life. The people who had beaten Najeeb up were mostly affiliated to the ABVP or other right wing groups,” Shah Ahmed said, as reported in Catch News.

A case under section 365 (kidnapping with intent secretly and wrongfully to confine person) under the IPC has been registered at the Vasant Kunj North police station on the basis of a complaint lodged by Najeeb’s mother who was present at the JNU campus on 17 October.

An AISA activist said Najeeb, after finishing his graduation from Bareilly joined the hostel a fortnight ago.

Security in the area doesn’t have any idea of Najeeb’s whereabouts. According to them, no student was unwillingly dragged out nor did any such incident take place.

The left-affiliated groups on campus on the other hand accused the RSS student wing ABVP of making attempts to “terrorise” the student community.

“There are repeated efforts to terrorise the student community in the Mahi-Mandavi hostel continuously. Yesterday, a wardens meeting to prepare a report of the incident was also repeatedly disrupted by ABVP members,” a statement by the JNU Students Union said.

“We will approach the Delhi High Court and file a petition if Najeeb is not found in the next two days,” says Sarfaraz Hussain, Advocate, Delhi High Court, who is also a close relative of Najeeb.

ABVP denied all the allegations.

“There was a fight yes, but Najeeb had started it and we were also injured. There was no reason for us to target Najeeb. We were just there to distribute pamphlets for the upcoming hostel elections.”

With inputs from Catch news and PTI

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