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Long three years and counting, Najeeb’s mother is still asking,”where is Najeeb?”

Fatima Nafis, mother of Najeeb addressing a gathering at parliament street demanding justice for Najeeb.
Fatima Nafis, mother of Najeeb addressing a gathering at parliament street demanding justice for Najeeb.

Even after the 3-year-long battle, Fatima Nafis’s struggle to find her 21-year-old son still continues. Fatima’s son Najeeb Ahmed went missing under suspicious circumstances on 15 October 2016 from his hostel in the Jawaharlal Nehru University campus in New Delhi. It has been three years of his disappearance, his mother Fatima Nafis awaits for justice and asks, “Where is Najeeb?”

The Protest

The Parliament Street in New Delhi on Tuesday witnessed rallies demanding justice for Najeeb. The gathering includes students from different universities, activists from different organizations and commoners who have one thing in common, that is, ‘protesting against the government and administration for not taking firm measures’ to find out Najib even after three years.
Addressing the gathering at Parliament Street, Fatima Nafis thanked the protesters for joining her and right after hits out at the government. She said, “This government is afraid of the youths, the youths who are the future of the nation and the honest citizens.” Indicating the participation of a large number of protesters, Fatima said, “This is a tight slap on the government. …. and the second slap will be when evening news reports will assert that students from different universities all across India are raising their voice for Najeeb.”

Hundreds of people gathered at parliament street in New Delhi demanding justice for Najeeb.
Hundreds of people gathered at parliament street in New Delhi demanding justice for Najeeb.

The protesters sloganeered continuously for an hour until the speaker guests set on the stage for addressing the crowd. Protesters asked for Najeeb’s justice while arming placards that read, “Najeeb did not disappear, he was made to disappear, we will keep asking, where is Najeeb?”. Another placard read, “Najeeb is missing from the last three years, who is responsible for it?”
The protest rally also saw the presence of Shaista Parveen (wife of Tabrez Ansari), Kavita Lankesh (sister of Gauri Lankesh), Rajni Singh (wife of Inspector Subodh Kumar), Prashant Bhushan, Arundhati Roy, Danish Ali, etc.
Danish Ali, a member of parliament from Amroha alleged that CBI, police, and security are under political influence. Ali said,” In this country, there is an attempt to suppress the voices. There is no whereabouts of Najeeb from the last three years, Najeeb’s mother is wandering here and there and our police, CBI and security agencies that we are proud of their professionalism are somewhere influenced by politics that they are now unable to show their professionalism.”

The Investigation of Najeeb’s disappearance

Depending on Najeeb’s mother Fatima Nafees’ complaint the Police filed an FIR for kidnapping and wrongful confinement on October 15. Najeeb was a new student at JNU and had resided at the Mahi-Mandavi hostel in JNU campus for less than a week before he disappeared. Najeeb’s family has frequently maintained that Najeeb’s disappearance was linked to the assault on him the previous night. Following which they demanded that the investigating agencies probe the link between the assault and the disappearance.

A protester sits aside while holding a placard that reads Justice For Najeeb.
A protester sits aside while holding a placard that reads Justice For Najeeb.

Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the Delhi Police, the Crime Branch of the Delhi Police and now the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) have been unable to find any leads into his disappearance. All these agencies have been reprimanded by the Delhi High Court at different points for their shoddy investigation into the case.
The CBI, which was investigating Najeeb’s disappearance, in one of its submissions to the Delhi High Court, said that cops forced an auto driver to say he dropped JNU student Najeeb Ahmed at Jamia Milia Islamia University. In later developments, Police claimed that Najeeb was “emotionally disturbed”. It is to be noted that the CBI filed its closure report to Delhi High Court two years after the disappearance of Najeeb. Whereas Najeeb is still missing, the question,’ Where is Najeeb?’ still makes it to the parliament street.

Written by Mahmodul Hassan

Mahmodul Hassan writes on Human rights, Politics, and Social Justice. The author can be contacted at: email.mahmodul@gmail.com

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