Eight separate police teams have been formed to find the missing Jawaharlal Nehru University student Najeeb Ahmed, a top Delhi cop said on Tuesday.
Deependra Pathak, joint Commissioner of Police, Southwest, told reporters that they are coordinating with Ahmed’s family.
He also said there are some vested interests who are creating misplaced fears among the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students who are protesting over their missing colleague.
“These protesting students are aloof from the truth. Eight separate teams are investigating the case. We have been communicating with the victim’s family on a daily basis and informing them of our progress,” Pathak told ANI.
The Joint Commissioner further said that they are reconstructing the incident and assessing different dimensions of the case.
“Under reconstruction of personality, we examine individuals’ health condition and psychosomatic condition. The fundamental aim of the police is to find different dimensions arising out of this,” he added.
Ahmed, a 27-year-old first-year MSc student, went missing from campus on October 15 after getting into an altercation with members of the RSS-backed Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad. There has been no information about Ahmed’s whereabouts so far.
Investigators on Tuesday said Ahmed was on anti-depressants and taking medicines for insomnia and obsessive compulsive disorder. Investigators said they accessed prescriptions from the doctor he allegedly visited thrice in the two weeks before he went missing for treatment.
“After a scuffle with ABVP members, Najeeb reportedly felt depressed and did not sleep a wink that night. He was so upset that he called his mother, crying, telling her that he would leave the hostel soon. His mother, who was aware of his condition, asked him to stay put till she reached the hostel,” a police source said.
“His mother even called his roommate, requesting him not to leave Najeeb alone till she reached the hostel. Though his mother has refused that Najeeb was on medication for depression and had neurological problems, his doctor confirmed it,” a police source said.
* Ahmed’s mother, Fatima Nafees, however, maintained that he was fit. “The police are making this up because they are unable to find my son,” she told HT. Nafees and other family members met home minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday and urged the home minister to trace Najeeb, a student of School of Biotechnology.
On Sunday, the Delhi Police detained JNU students who were staging protest against the authorities at the India Gate for not taking firm steps to locate their Ahmed.
Najeeb’s sister Sadaf Mosharraf, who was also among those detained by the police, said, “We were protesting very peacefully but the Delhi Police detained us without any reason.”
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal criticised the detention saying the Centre is adopting ‘dictatorship’ policy and violating the constitutional right of an individual by adopting such measures.
Kejriwal also met President Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday to seek his intervention.
(With inputs from ANI)