Delhi Police on Friday detained a group of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students who tried to protest in front of Union home minister Rajnath Singh’s house over the fate of Najeeb Ahmad, a JNU student who has been missing since October 15.
Police said around 80 protesters were taken to the Parliament Police station and detained for a few hours. R Satiyasundaram, additional deputy commissioner of police(New Delhi) added: “All the protesters were released after a brief detention.”
Biotechnology student Ahmad disappeared on October 15 after an alleged altercation with members of the RSS-backed Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP).
JNU students’ Union (JNUSU) members later submitted a memorandum to home ministry officials demanding a speedy investigation into the case.
“An FIR has been filed by JNUSU against several students who were involved in the public beating and communally motivated abuse of Najeeb prior to his disappearance. We demand that your office intervene to ensure that immediate and strict action is taken,” the memorandum said.
On Thursday, home minister Rajnath Singh had asked Delhi Police to set up a special team to look for the missing student, after which the students had called off a 20-hour long blockade of vice-chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar and other JNU officials over alleged inaction in finding Ahmad.
JNUSU decided to change the mode of their protest after attracting criticism from teachers, sources said.The move to call off the blockade was also not taken well by a section of JNUSU. The union, later, had vowed to keep protesting till the missing student is found.
On Friday, security was beefed up near North Block in anticipation of the protest. Vehicular movement was stopped on Raisina Road and police and paramilitary forces deployed in and around the area after police received information that the university students would arrive there to stage a protest.
Najeeb’s family, which has been camping inside the JNU campus for five days, also joined the protesters on Friday.