The Delhi high court directed the police on Wednesday to “scan” JNU campus, including hostels, classrooms and rooftops, using sniffer dogs to get clues into the disappearance of Najeeb Ahmed
Ahmed, 27, a first year MSc student, went missing from his hostel on the night of October 14-15, allegedly after a row with members of RSS student wing Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP).
A bench of Justice GS Sistani and Justice Vinod Goel asked Delhi Police to take all necessary steps without further loss of time to trace Ahmed. The bench said there has been delay in recording statements of some students suspected of thrashing him a day before his disappearance.
The court directed the varsity and its student union, JNUSU, to file affidavits in two days stating they have no objection to the “thorough search” and that all assistance would be provided to the police.
The court also said the police was free to search Jamia Millia University also, if required. The police had said that an autorickshaw dropped Najeeb at Jamia before he went missing.
The bench also noted that the police can approach it in case of any resistance or objection to it from the varsity or its students. “We are only concerned with where he has vanished,” the HC bench said.
The court’s directions to the police came on a habeus corpus plea by Ahmed’s mother, Fatima Nafees, who had approached the court.
The court has listed the matter for further hearing on December 22.
Fatima’s counsel said the police was “bypassing” the abduction angle and it appeared that the investigating agency was following the theory that Ahmed was not ‘well metally’ as he just walked out of the campus.
Delhi Police, represented by senior standing counsel for Delhi government Rahul Mehra, refuted the allegations and told the court that it was exploring all angles, including abduction, and was not hiding any details from the Ahmed’s mother.
Mehra also said that four students, who are suspected of beating up Najeeb, would be put to lie-detector tests to get leads or clues about his disappearance and whereabouts. The police are expected to get results in the next 10 days, he said.