New Delhi: The mother of JNU biotechnology student, Najeeb Ahmed, who has been missing for more than three weeks now was dragged by Delhi police personnel in a brute show of force during a sit in near India gate earlier today. Fatima Ahmed who has been sitting in a dharna for around 20 days in JNU demanding info about her missing son was assaulted and dragged by cops.
The pictures showing the police assault have been going viral for the last several hours. She was not alone. Hundreds of other JNU students who had assembled to protest Ahmed’s disappearance were also attacked and beaten up by police.
While Delhi police has been showing highhandedness in dealing with all agitations surrounding Najeeb Ahmad, no one anticipated use of such brute force by the police personnel against an old and frail woman whose son has been abducted by unknown assailants. Later, Najeeb’s mother, sister and many of the protesting students were detained by the police.
The number of students who are agitating against Najeeb Ahmad’s disappearance has gone up substantially as there is a real fear among student fraternity in the sprawling campus that they can be easy target. The fear among Muslim students is particularly high as they believe Najeeb became the target for being Muslim and thus vulnerable.
A n associate professor in School of Language, Literature and Culture Studies told this writer that the “fear is higher compared to the past. A student who disappears after some scuffle with activist of a leading political party’s student wing is a serious matter and many on the campus are fearful of their own security. This seems to have increased the participation of students in recent agitation”.
Reports suggest that Najeeb’s mother and sister were participating in the protest held by JNU students, angry at the failure of authorities to trace Najeeb who had gone missing last month. Najeeb’s mother from Badaun in Uttar Pradesh has been camping in Delhi his disappearance last month following a frantic phone call from her son on the evening of October 14. The day after, it was found that the Biotechnology student had gone missing.
Meanwhile police deny that Najeeb’s mother or anyone else was mishandled. It is despite the photographs clearly show his mother being mercilessly dragged by police personnel. “No one has been manhandled and no force has been used against anyone,” said Deependra Pathak, Joint CP, South West Delhi, adding that a few protesters were removed and taken to the police station and have been sent back to their destinations including Najeeb Ahmed’s mother.
The seriousness of the issue has been noted by students and political leaders as well. Merely days ago Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and other leaders of opposition parties visited the university during a protest regarding the missing student. It was Kejriwal who had given the call to protest at India Gate. The Delhi CM reached police station following the arrest of Fatima Ahmed, her daughter and other students.
Meanwhile Kejriwal reportedly met President Pranab Mukherjee regarding the Najeeb. He later told the media that President Mukherjee told him that he will seek a report from the Home Ministry regarding him.
In a welcome development students who had a fight with Najeeb three weeks ago were questioned by the Delhi police. It is amazing that police woke up to the seriousness of the issue now. The Left-linked All India Students Association has alleged that before he vanished, Mr Ahmed was beaten up by activists of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, which is linked to the ruling BJP. ABVP has denied any involvement in his disappearance.