Even as Delhi High Court rebuked the premier probe agency CBI for what it termed was ‘complete lack of interest’ in tracing missing JNU student Najeeb, the Delhi police faced protests outside High Court by Najeeb’s mother along with over three dozen others including students.
Fatima Nafees, who is Najeeb’s mother, protested outside High Court till the time they were detained as they tried to barge into the premises. “Nearly 35 people including Najeeb’s mother have been detained,” Deputy Commissioner of Police (New Delhi) BK Singh said. He said the detainees, mostly students, were taken to the Barakhamba Road Police Station. JNU students also alleged that the police “manhandled” Nafees in the name of detaining her and others. “Delhi Police officers told Nafees that this was not the only case they were handling and brutally manhandled her while detaining,” former JNUSU president Mohit Kumar Pandey alleged. Najeeb (27), a student of M.Sc Biotechnology, had gone missing from the Mahi-Mandvi hostel of the Jawaharlal Nehru University on October 15 last year after a scuffle with some students, allegedly affiliated to the Sangh Parivar student wing Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, the previous night.
The probe was handed over to the CBI on May 16 this year. The agency was rebuked by the high court in August, when it had failed to file a fresh progress report in the case. On September 6, the court again directed the CBI to take steps to trace Najeeb. Nafees had yesterday called for a protest outside the court if the probe agency did not submit a concrete status report.