JNU is in news once again. And not for a good reason. Najeeb Ahmad, a biotechnology student of the university, has been missing for the last six days. Ahmad was allegedly assaulted by ABVP activists on October 14 during a mess election campaign at Mahi-Mandvi hostel. He was nowhere to be seen on the campus from October 15.
Some students of the varsity told ANI that Ahmad had left the hostel without his wallet, mobile and even his footwear. This sounds strange and raises several questions. Such as:
Did Ahmad have any friend on the campus or in his room, whom he might have informed before he disappearing?
Was Ahmad killed by ABVP activists? Communist student parties and the NSUI believe so.
Did Ahmad go to some unknown location and committed suicide because of humiliation by ABVP activists?
Did Ahmad meet some accident outside the campus?
Is Ahmad hiding somewhere, or on a trip?
Are leftist student parties or Congress-backed NSUI behind the disappearance of Ahmad? The disappearance of a Muslim student from JNU can be the perfect fodder for politics in a state like Uttar Pradesh ahead of the assembly election.
The biggest question, however, is: How can a student go missing from JNU?
Ahmad was staying in Mahi-Mandavi hostel of the university. By all ways, JNU is one of the safest university campuses in the country. JNU also has a robust night life as you can see students out of hostels even after the midnight. There are also scores of security guards manning the entire campus 24×7.
It is hard to believe that a student can suddenly go missing from such a campus.
The truth may only be known to Ahmad’s friends or his enemies, if there were some, or himself. But without a probe, how can you find it?
On Wednesday, activists of communist student parties and the NSUI confined JNU vice-chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar and other staff in the administrative building of the campus for several hours.
Kumar was quoted by ANI as saying: “We are also concerned that Najeeb Ahmad is missing. We have talked to police also but gheraoing me and other officials is wrong. Students have gheraoed us since 2.30 p.m. yesterday. We had to sleep on floor and there is no food to eat. Students are not even allowing wives of officials to meet.”
On Thursday, Kumar appealed to the missing student to return and assured a fair pribe into the matter.
(With agency inputs)