On 15 October 2016, Najeeb Ahmed, a Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student, went missing from the university campus. Three years on, as he still remains untraced, his mother, Fatima Nafees, is now demanding answers from the Home Ministry.
On Tuesday, which marks three years since the day Najeeb went missing, Nafees led a protest march organised by United Against Hate (UAH), a group of activists and lawyers, at Delhi’s Jantar Mantar.
Lynching victim Tabrez Ansari’s wife, Shahista Parveen, and Gauri Lankesh’s sister, Kavitha Lankesh, also joined the march. Joining the panel of speakers were author Arundhati Roy, BSP MP Kunwar Danish Ali, advocate Prashant Bhushan, DU professors Apoorvanand and Nandita Narain, among others.
Pointing to the kin of victims who put up a show of solidarity at the march, Najeeb's mother said, “Where is this country going? This doesn't look like our India. After 2014, the kind of incidents that are continuously happening, we should be ashamed of them. The situation should be improved so that we don't have any more families of victims.”
When asked what she would say to Najeeb if he were to come back, Nafees told The Quint, “I will say that it is a victory of all my children, all the students of all universities who stand with me today. I will read my namaz, pray and thank the God. I will hug him and tell him about everyone who stands with me today.”
‘Political Class Has Failed Us’
Earlier, while addressing protesters at the event, Arundhati Roy said, “The entire political class has failed us. As the country’s GDP goes down, the BJP’s GDP has almost become that of a small country. They can buy everybody or crush anybody... We have to fight this ourselves.”
Meanwhile, speaking to The Quint, Kavitha Lankesh called for the government to punish those people who are "standing on podiums, and spreading hate and division".
“Let's all be humane and human," she said.
The ‘Disappearance’ of Najeeb
An MSc first-year student, 27-year-old Najeeb was reported missing from the JNU campus after an alleged scuffle with members the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP). The ABVP has, however, denied its involvement.
In October last year, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) closed its investigation into the case, as the agency's efforts to trace him yielded no results. In its closure report filed before the Delhi High Court on 15 October 2018, the CBI said there was no trace of foul play despite investigating the case from all angles.
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