Abdul Bari Masoud | Caravan Daily
NEW DELHI – United Against Hate, a social organisation, on Thursday launched a signature campaign across the country to press its demand for reopening of missing Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student Najeeb Ahmed’s case. It also demanded cancellation of bail to the alleged killers of UP police inspector, Subodh Kumar Singh.
Addressing a press conference along with Najeeb’s mother Fatima Nafees, Inspector Subodh Singh’s widow, Rajni Singh, activist Nadim Khan pointed out that on October 15 three years will be completed to Najeeb’s disappearance from his hostel room in the JNU. But the criminal justice system in the country could not trace him.
He said, “If the Delhi Police does not reopen the case, we will march to the Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s residence on October 15 to press and will submit a memorandum to him.”
Gauri Lankesh’s sister Kavitha Lankesh, Tabrez Ansari’s widow Shaista and other victims of hate will also join the protest march up to home minister’s residence.
They also plans to file the protest petition against closure of investigation by the CBI.
He called the episode a sad commentary on our criminal justice system when the Central Bureau of Investigative (CBI), a premier investigative agency, failed to trace the missing student from a well-known educational institution in three years.
“We have gheraoed Delhi Police headquarters and CBI headquarters but the authorities remained unmoved,” he said, adding, “Besides launching the signature campaign, we will organise protest meetings and demonstrations throughout the country if the Union Home Ministry does not heed to our demand.”
Speaking on the occasion with her teary eyes, Najeeb’ mother said she did not lose hope and would continue her struggle to get back her son. However, she felt it disappointing that the CBI and other institutions failed to give justice to Najeeb.
She further said she was not in a position to speak at length after watching the documentary on his missing son who was first year student of biotechnology in the JNU and alleged that the police was trying to protect the culprits behind his son’s disappearance. She also alleged that the CBI filed the closure report under political pressure.
Investigation in the case was suspended in 2018 after the Delhi High Court (HC) allowed the CBI to file a closure report.
The documentary on Najeeb’s disappearance was screened at the opening of the press conference.
It is to recall here that Najeeb had gone missing a day after an altercation with some students affiliated to Akhil Bharatiya Vidhyarti Parishad (ABVP) on the night of October 14, 2016. However, the RSS students’ wing in the JNU denied any involvement in his disappearance. The case was investigated and subsequently closed by the CBI.
A section of the media had published a mischievous report that Najeeb had joined the Islamic State (IS) but the Delhi Police dismissed it a mere rumour saying nothing of the sort was found in the investigation.
Activists also threatened to sue expelled AAP MLA and BJP leader Kapil Mishra to tender public apology for calling missing Najeeb an IS member. Mishra recently tweeted that the Delhi Waqf Board has given compensation to an “IS member’s family”.
During the press conference, Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh’s widow, Rajini Singh, said it was unfortunate that the police have failed to stop the bail being given to her husband’s killers. “I won’t allow my husband’s killers to take political advantage and become netas (leader),” she asserted.
Mob-lynching victim Sahil Singh’s mother, Sangeeta Singh, also spoke on the occasion. She accused the Delhi Police of protecting the killers of her 23-year son who was killed on mistaken identity in August this year in Maujpur area of East Delhi.
Student Islamic Organisation (SIO) secretary, Fauwad Shaheen, AMU student leader, Huziafa Aamir, former JNU student union president, AN Balaji, and Prof Ghazal Jameel of JNU also addressed the media calling it a fight for humanity and said they all are with the victims.