Najeeb Ahmed missing case: CBI team goes to JNU for investigation

DELHI(PTI): The mysterious disappearance of Najeeb Ahmed, a student of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), from his hostel on October 16, 2016, was followed by the visit of a CBI team to the university on Monday, June 19.

Najeeb Ahmed missing case: CBI team goes to JNU for investigation

The team is looking into allegations of a scuffle between Ahmed and ABVP students in JNU’s Mahi-Mandvi hostel and the circumstances that may have led to it as well as other events that preceded his disappearance.

Sources said that it is likely to meet the suspects and people whose names have cropped up in the matter.

Fatima Nafees, Najeeb’s mother recently met the investigating CBI officers.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has registered an FIR in the Najeeb Ahmed case. 27-year-old Najeeb, a student of biotechnology in Jawaharlal Nehru University has been missing since October last year. The agency has filed a case of “kidnapping with intent to secretly and wrongfully to confine” him.

The agency has filed an FIR on the complaint of his mother Fatima Ahmed. CBI took over the probe after Delhi High Court issued directions in April. The court also had rebuked Delhi Police for wasting time.

Najeeb had gone missing on October 15, 2016 following an on-campus scuffle allegedly with Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) members the night before. Najeeb’s mother Fatima Nafees had approached the high court, complaining that the police were not making any “serious endeavours” to find her son, a first year post-graduate student at the university. Ahmad is a member of AISA in JNU. The incident triggered massive protest by students, forcing the police to launch a massive hunt.

Delhi Police had set up a Special Investigating Team to trace Ahmed last year, and transferred the case to the Crime Branch after they could not crack the case. The police had also announced Rs. 10 lakh reward for information that could help locate him. Delhi Police had formed the team after direction from Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to trace him.

Delhi Police earlier announced a reward of Rs50,000, which was then increased to Rs1 lakh, then Rs2 lakh and subsequently to Rs 10 lakh for anyone providing information that could help locate Najeeb. The Crime Branch had managed to trace the auto driver who reportedly took Najeeb from JNU. The clue, however, could not help them trace Najeeb’s location. A thorough search using sniffer dogs and police horses on campus was also carried out for two days inside JNU campus. More than 600 police personnel, 20 inspectors, 16 ACP rank officers and two DCPs were part of the operation. But in the end the police could not trace the missing student.

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