New Delhi, November 13: Showing their wrath over the failure of tracing missing JNU student, Najeeb Ahmed, members of JNU Students Union (JNUSU) burnt effigy of Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and varsity Vice Chancellor M. Jagdesh Kumar on Saturday.
Even after 28 days, Delhi police has failed to nail a single crackdown in a case of Najeeb Ahmed. On Saturday Delhi police transferred the case to the Crime Branch.
Around 100 students attended the burning of effigy at the campus administration block, popularly known as Freedom Square. An appeal of Chalo JNU was also pronounced by JNUSU President Mohit Pandey.
“We will intensify the protests now. Almost 50 campuses are with us… and while burning this effigy here, there are many which are being burnt at other places as well,” Pandey said at the protest.
He also mentioned the proctorial inquiry report which acknowledged that Ahmed was beaten by the BJP-affiliated ABVP members Vikrant, Sunil, Ankit and six others on the night of October 14-15.
“Although they (the varsity administration) have finally admitted to what we have been saying since day one, they have merely issued those students a ‘show cause’ notice.. even police interrogates us more than the accused in the case,” Pandey said.
Earlier in the week police had said that Najeeb might be depressed and have started living in a psuedo identity to protect himself. Police teams have been sent to Nepal and Bihar to trace him.
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However the family of Najeeb Ahmed have slammed the “depression theory” set by the Delhi Police. Instead they claimed that police is just trying to wash their hands of the case by establishing such fake stories.
Ahmed’s cousin Sadaf Musharraf told the students about a police visit at their house on the previous night.
“They asked us to make an appeal to Najeeb to return home and to give an assurance to him that he will be safe. Is that they have come up with after almost a month’s search?” she said.
“They spent all the time in figuring out ‘what’ is Najeeb, instead of ‘where’ is Najeeb,” she added.
Dalit leader from Gujarat, Jignesh Mewani, who was responsible for rousing an agitation among the lower castes after Una Dalit flogging, also exhorted the students to take a pledge to persist with movement.
Accusing the Narendra Modi government of failing to arrest the accused, he hit out at Modi, saying: “If he cant do even that, he should be ashamed of himself and throw himself off a cliff.”
“RSS, and ABVP have gained a lot of arrogance since BJP coming to power at centre. We need to destroy their arrogance, ” he added
Wefornews Bureau (with IANS inputs)