Amid slogans and protests, the mother of the missing Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student sits in a corner praying that her son comes back to the campus so that she can take him back home for good.
Fatima Nafees, a resident of Badaun in Uttar Pradesh, rushed to Delhi on Saturday after receiving a late night call from her son, Najeeb Ahmed, who said “something bad” had happened to him.
A student of MSc Biotechnology, Najeeb allegedly went missing on Saturday after an altercation with students.
Six days later all she wants is to see her son. She says that she doesn’t want her son to stay in JNU anymore.
“I won’t let him study here in JNU. I will take him home. He is intelligent enough to take tuitions and run his life,” said Nafees, who is accompanied by her younger son and nieces. Her husband’s health condition does not allow him to travel. “That’s why he could not come,” she said.
Recalling the horror of having to visit a mortuary to identify a dead body, Najeeb’s cousin sister Sadaf Musharraf said they got a call from the police asking them to come to the police station. “Fortunately, it was not him, but it was scary to go through the process,” she said.
JNU students’ union has alleged that students belonging to RSS-backed Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad had beaten him up while other students have alleged that Najeeb had slapped a student. Najeeb had joined the Mahi-Mandvi hostel 10 days back.
“I just want him back. Get me my son and I will leave this city. I don’t want any action against anyone if my son comes back,” she said.
Nafees alleged the administration has been insensitive and did not even inform them about her son. “I had to file an FIR. The VC did not even call us to meet. We forced our way into his office where he just said that he was trying his best. He has been so insensitive towards us,” she said.
A classmate of Najeeb said he is a friendly person and never gets angry. He had joined the JNU recently to pursue MSc in Biotechnology. But many students at the School of Biotechnology said they don’t know him personally.
“He is a quiet and friendly person. He never showed anger or got upset over small things. It came as a shock when we got to know that he had apparently slapped a person because he doesn’t even seem a person who would kill a mosquito,” a student said.