With a student gone missing from JNU, the protests over his absence turned volatile when agitating students locked down the Vice Chancellor and other senior officials in the administrative building. Speaking to ANI about it, JNU Vice Chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar said that the authorities are concerned about Najeeb Ahmad going missing, but gheraoing officials is wrong.
Talking to ANI on Thursday, Jagdeesh Kumar said, “We hope that Najeeb Ahmad comes back soon wherever he is, number of steps have been taken to search him. While, our students have become relentless and adamant, thinking that we are not doing our best.”
Reacting to the incident, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju said,”Gheraoing VC and other officials is sad, it seems some students come to do politics and not study.”
“We had been gheraoed since 2.30pm yesterday. Had to sleep on floor, no food to eat. Students are not allowing even the wives of the officials to meet them,” said Jagdeesh Kumar. Reacting to the incident, Mohandas Pai, Chairman of Manipal Global Education also tweeted questioning such a behaviour of the students.
Deplorable behaviour by students!are these civilised people or thugs gherao/confine VC/officials?is this what JNU faculty teaches!shameRT https://t.co/VOVddVEy36
— Mohandas Pai (@TVMohandasPai) October 19, 2016
A student of School of Biotechnology, Najeeb Ahmed, allegedly went missing on Saturday following a brawl on the campus the night before. An FIR for kidnapping and wrongfully confining a person was lodged at Vasant Kunj North police station yesterday after the police received a complaint from the student’s guardians.
He added, that he has spoken to the police about the student, Najeeb but gheraoing isn’t a solution. The VC and other senior officials are locked for more than eight hours as the students are lying down outside the administration block saying the officials were free to walk over them.
On the other hand, Mohit Pandey, President, JNUSU said, “We have not illegally confined anybody in JNU administrative building. Electricity and all kind of supplies are here. We have also sent food for people inside.”
“The blockade is due to the insensitive way of handling the matter of Najeeb Ahmed — the violence against him by ABVP which led to him missing from the campus for over five days now and the JNU administration trying to shield the culprits while refusing to lodge an FIR,” the JNUSU President said.
A large number of students had gathered at the administrative block in the afternoon to protest. After sloganeering and demonstration the students blocked the gates of the building. After intervention from the security the locks were opened, but in the evening as most of the staff left, the students again continued with the blockade.
The VC was allowed to let go during the noon after a 20 hour lock down.