JNU probe finds ABVP member guilty of assaulting missing student Najeeb
A proctorial enquiry by Jawaharlal Nehru University found ABVP member Vikrant Kumar guilty of assaulting Najeeb Ahmed during a brawl over a month ago, a day after which Ahmed went missing.
Najeeb (27), a student of school of biotechnology and a native of Badaun in Uttar Pradesh, went missing on October 15 following an on-campus scuffle allegedly with the members of ABVP, including Vikrant, the night before.
JNU had ordered a proctorial enquiry into the incident.
“In the proctorial enquiry, Vikrant Kumar has been found to be involved in hitting Najeeb Ahmed and using derogatory language with provocative behaviour on October 14. This is an act of indiscipline and misconduct,” an official order read.
Vikrant has been asked to explain why disciplinary action should not be initiated against him.
ABVP has, meanwhile, come out in Vikrant’s support and accused the university administration of being “biased” in conducting the enquiry.
“The proctor has taken deposition of those students into account who were not even present there. Not only the enquiry is biased but even the administration is siding with the left-dominated students union,” Saurabh Sharma, ABVP member and former JNUSU member said.
JNU students and teachers have been agitating against the university administration and Delhi Police for their failure to locate the missing student. The protesting students had even confined the vice-chancellor and other senior officials for over 20 hours in the administrative building.
Last month, an SIT was formed to trace the missing student on the directive of Union home minister Rajnath Singh to Delhi Police commissioner Alok Kumar Verma.
The SIT, headed by additional DCP-II(South) Manishi Chandra, failed to get any actionable clues in the matter. The case was later transferred to Delhi Police’s Crime Branch.