October 15 will mark a year since the JNU student Najeeb went missing from his hostel.
NEW DELHI — Fatima Nafees, mother of missing JNU student Najeeb Ahmad, on Friday staged a protest outside the CBI headquarters here for the second time against the agency’s “inefficiency” in finding her son, five months after the case was transferred to it.
It has been a year since Najeeb went missing on October 15.
Fatima, accompanied by relatives and scores of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU),Delhi University and Jamia Millia Islamia University students, in a strongly-worded speech told the security personnel to take off their uniforms and join her in the protest.
“You should remove your uniforms and protest with me if you are sensible, as many of you have sons,” she said and warned of a large protest if there was no progress in the case by the next hearing.
“Even if you deploy the entire Delhi Police, it would not be enough,” she said, adding after the city police, the CBI has proven itself “inefficient”.
Najeeb’s mother had on August 9 protested in the same venue after the Delhi High Court reprimanded the investigation agency for placing the same status report submitted earlier.
A large number of personnel of Delhi Police, Central Reserve Police Force and Indo-Tibetan Border Police were deployed to control the crowd that was aggressively trying to breach the barricades to enter the CBI headquarters.
“Neither the Delhi Police nor the CBI has taken up the basic investigation protocols in this case,” former JNUSU president Akbar Chowdhary said.
Among those present at the protest site were Kanhaiya Kumar and Umar Khalid, who said they would continue the demonstration before the CBI headquarters, until a top official gave them assurance of swift action in the case.
October 15 will mark a year since Ahmad had gone missing from the Mahi Mandavi hostel in JNU after an alleged scuffle with a group of students who were members of the Akhil Bharatiya Vishwa Parishad.
Two platoons of the Central Reserve Police Force and the Indo-Tibetan Border Police were deployed outside the CBI headquarters to avoid any untoward incident. Around 60 police officials were also present at the protest site.
However, minor clashes between the prostestors and the police were reported. Some students even broke the police barricades, but the situation was brought under control after senior officials intervened.
Former JNU Students’ Union President Mohit Pandey said the Delhi Police had deployed water cannons to control the agitation. “Students and activists have decided that they will not go until something concrete comes from the CBI,” Pandey said on Twitter. “The Bharatiya Janata Party government dictates the CBI, we have occupied the CBI. We will not leave the CBI gates.” — Agencies