It has been six months since JNU’s first-year MSc student of Biotechnology, Najeeb Ahmed, went missing from his hostel on October 15. Several search teams have been formed since and various locations have been raided but the case still remains unsolved.
Ever since the reward to give any information on Najeeb has been increased from Rs1 lakh to Rs10 lakh, police have been receiving countless inputs from people across the country, all however, were found to be hoax.
Due to political pressure the search operation had paced, however, now the case seems to be lying in cold storage with the Crime Branch.
“We have done everything possible to trace him. Several teams were formed and sent to different locations across the country. We recorded statements of his friends, relatives, batch mates but nothing concrete was found. All we were able to establish was that he was under treatment for depression. His doctor told us that he was suffering from OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder),” an investigator said. “We got numerous calls saying that Najeeb was seen in Allahabad, then Tamil Nadu, then some village of Maharashtra and even Assam, also one person made an extortion call to his family who was later arrested, all these calls were, however, hoax,” he added.
Najeeb went missing from his room in Jawaharlal Nehru University’s Mahi hostel allegedly following a scuffle with a few students from Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad. The incident triggered massive protest by students, forcing the police to launch a massive hunt.
Delhi Police earlier announced a reward of Rs50,000, which was then increased to Rs1 lakh, then Rs2 lakh and subsequently to Rs5 lakh for anyone providing information that could help locate Najeeb, who has been missing for over three months now.
The Crime Branch has also managed to trace the auto driver who reportedly took Najeeb from JNU. The clue, however, could not help them trace Najeeb’s location.
A thorough search using sniffer dogs and police horses on campus was also carried out for two days inside JNU campus. More than 600 police personnel, 20 inspectors, 16 ACP rank officers and two DCPs were part of the operation.
“We traced the auto driver who told us that he had dropped him to Jamia Nagar. The following days an intensive search was carried out inside Jamia and JNU campus. Ten canines, six stallions and horses were even taken to the forested area of 1,000 acres in the campus. Sniffer dogs were taken to the hostels and academic buildings but nothing was found,” an investigator said.
They also analysed his Facebook, Gmail and Twitter accounts to see if they were active but nothing was found.
“Our teams also kept a close track of all unidentified dead bodies. All states were asked to keep a photographic evidence that could be tallied for all the bodies. Also, we kept in touch with the accident cell and teams went there everyday to check bodies. All the psychiatric wards in hospitals were also searched. No specific or actionable input was however received,” he added.
In November 2016, an SIT was also formed to trace Najeeb following an instruction from the Union home minister to the Delhi Police chief. The SIT, however, failed to gather any relevant clues and the case was shifted to the Crime Branch.
Sadaf Musharraf, Najeeb’s sister, said that the family has now lost all hope. “We have lost hope. It has been six months during which we have tried everything, from protest to police complaints, to knocking at the doors of the court. But there is no result.” She said the police has not been able to find a single clue to trace Najeeb.
“If they had to do something they would have done something in the start of the case. But the students accused of beating Najeeb have not been questioned. Till now in the court hearings the issue of their consent is being going on,” she said.
“We are in touch with police regularly. We are keeping a track of this case but now only police can do anything. There is nothing in our hand. We have given support to the police in every possible way,” said JNU registrar Pramod Kumar.