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Boy missing, JNU union calls protest

An "indefinite non-cooperation" has been called by the JNU Students' Union after a first-year master's student of biotechnology was reported to be missing on Saturday afternoon following a clash the night before over hostel elections.

By PHEROZE L. VINCENT
  • Published 18.10.16
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New Delhi, Oct. 17: An "indefinite non-cooperation" has been called by the JNU Students' Union after a first-year master's student of biotechnology was reported to be missing on Saturday afternoon following a clash the night before over hostel elections.

The non-cooperation call was given after vice-chancellor M. Jagadesh Kumar tweeted a varsity notice terming Najeeb Ahmed an "accused" in "a complaint of physical violence".

According to a students' union statement, three ABVP students landed in Najeeb's room in Mahi hostel around 11.30pm on Friday to canvass for his vote. They included Vikrant Kumar, who is contesting for mess secretary, and two others.

In the course of campaigning, the students are believed to have come to blows, following which other hostel inmates and security personnel reached room no. 106. Witnesses said they saw the ABVP trio raining blows on Najeeb, according to the statement.

The assaulters apparently kept thrashing the boy, locked him in the washroom and blocked the entrance of the room till the hostel warden, Sushil Kumar, reached the spot.

"Despite the presence of the senior warden and G4S security, Najeeb was criminally intimidated and communally targeted by the same group of students on the way to the warden's office," the union statement said.

When the hostel warden asked Najeeb to give in writing his version of what happened, he is believed to have said that he could not remember. He, however, phoned his mother - she lives in Badaun in Uttar Pradesh - later that night and told her "something bad" had happened to him and asked her to come to JNU immediately. By the time she reached the hostel around noon on Saturday, Najeeb was missing.

Vikrant has alleged that Najeeb began the fight. "Najeeb assaulted me out of the blue and abused me for wearing sacred threads when I went to his room to campaign."

The ABVP's JNU unit president Alok Singh said: "The hate crime against Vikrant is being given a political twist by the JNUSU president and his radical goons."

The police have registered a case of abduction on a complaint from Najeeb's mother, Fatima Nafees.