JNU: Kanhaiya, 19 other students get show cause notices for illegal confinement of VC

A group of protesting students had confined the VC in the administrative building for over 20 hours alleging inaction in locating a missing student—Najeeb Ahmad


Missing Najeeb Ahmad’s mother along with JNU students hold a protest march from Mandi House to Jantar Mantar in New Delhi. File photo: PTI
Missing Najeeb Ahmad’s mother along with JNU students hold a protest march from Mandi House to Jantar Mantar in New Delhi. File photo: PTI

New Delhi: The Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) administration has issued show cause notices to 20 students including sedition charge-accused Kanhaiya Kumar and Umar Khalid, seeking explanation for the alleged “illegal confinement” of vice chancellor and other officials in the varsity building in October.

A group of agitating students had confined the VC and other senior officials in the administrative building for over 20 hours last month alleging inaction on the administration’s part in locating missing student Najeeb Ahmad.

27-year-old Najeeb, a student of School of Biotechnology and a native of Badaun in Uttar Pradesh, went missing on 15 October following an on-campus scuffle allegedly with the members of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the night before.

“Twenty students including Kanhaiya and Umar have been sent notices over the illegal confinement and have been asked to depose before the Proctorial committee, which is probing the issue after a complaint was received from the university’s chief security officer,” a senior varsity official said.

JNU students and teachers have been agitating against the university administration and Delhi Police for their failure to locate the missing student.

On the directive of Union home minister Rajnath Singh to Delhi Police commissioner Alok Kumar Verma, an SIT was formed last month to trace the missing student. The SIT failed to get any actionable clues in the matter. The case was later transferred to Delhi Police’s crime branch.

The university panel probing the incident of 14 October following which Najeeb went missing had found ABVP members guilty of assaulting him. However, no disciplinary action has yet been taken.

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