Delhi Police will be rolling out advertisements in print and on FM radio stations asking people to share information regarding missing JNU student Najeeb Ahmed. The advertisements will also contain sketches of Najeeb with a beard and other possible appearances he might have assumed, a senior police official privy to the probe said today.
“Najeeb belongs to Badaun and has studied in Bareilly. He went missing from JNU and was last seen getting off from an auto at the Jamia. That is why these advertisements will be focused on these areas where Najeeb could allegedly be hiding or people have a connection with him,” he said. Police had sought CCTV footage from Jamia authorities in connection with Najeeb’s disappearance but it has been erased as the authorities store a day’s clips for one month, prompting the probe team to seek help from Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) to retrieve the images.
The Jamia Millia Islamia administration, after initial reluctance, had shared CCTV footage with the Delhi Police’s Crime Branch but had informed it that the footage of the period before October 18 was not available. The probe team had traced an auto-rickshaw driver who told them that he had dropped Najeeb at Jamia on October 15.
Meanwhile, a guard at JNU’s Mahi Mandavi Hostel where Najeeb was staying had received a letter a few days ago which stated that the student was being held captive in Aligarh. However, on verification, the letter was found to be bogus.
Najeeb went missing on October 15 following an on-campus scuffle allegedly with ABVP members the night before. The case was last week transferred from South District Police to Crime Branch in order to have a “fresh look” at the case.