On the Mahi-Mandavi Incident : JNUSU

Take All Steps to Find Out Najeeb and Ensure His Safety!

Take Strict Action Against All the Perpetrators of Group Violence and Indulging in Communal Hate Mongering!

Fight All Attempts at Vitiating Campus Atmosphere!

This is to inform the student community details about the incident which took place on the night of 14/10/2016 in Mahi-Mandavi hostel. There are concerted efforts to communally polarize the campus and spread rumors about the incident. We feel it is pertinent to report the facts of the incident to dispel this rumour mongering being done by ABVP.

Around 11:30 pm, some three students went to the room of Najeeb Ahmed, MSc Biotechnology (first year), Room No 106, Mahi Hostel to campaign for hostel elections. At this time, there was an alleged scuffle which took place between Najeeb and the others. Hearing noise and commotion, when the residents of Mahi reached Room no 106, they witnessed three students assaulting Najeeb. At this juncture, the residents seeing a group of students howling and coming towards Room No 106, for security concerns, locked Najeeb in his room. The G4S security personnel have upon reaching the hostel opened the door. Despite the presence of security personnel, some 10-15 students brutally attacked Najeeb. After the attack, the residents again locked Najeeb in the washroom and blocked the entrance, waiting for the Hostel warden to reach. As the senior warden, Dr Sushil Kumar reached the place, they started moving to the Warden’s office in the ground floor. Despite the presence of the senior warden and G4S security Najeeb was criminally intimidated, communally targeted and physically assaulted by the same group of students on the way to the warden’s office. The JNUSU President and other hostel residents who had come to stop the attack were also assaulted by the same 10-15 group of students.

In the Warden’s office, in front of the Senior Warden Dr Sushil Kumar, and the other wardens Dr Somyajit Ray and Dr Arun Srivastava, these group of lumpens threatened Najeeb Ahmed for his life and limb. They repeatedly told the warden not to initiate any proceedings and leave Najeeb to them and then they would not spare him. They also hurled patriarchal and communal abuses at Najeeb in the presence of the wardens. Despite being present at the site all along the G4S did not collect any video evidence of the assault and the Warden failed to intervene to stop the assaulting students.

It is extremely disconcerting that from the morning after the attack, Najeeb Ahmed is missing since 11:00 am, 15/10/2016. A complaint in this regard has been filed in the Vasant Kung Police station by his family members.

There are repeated efforts to terrorize the student community in the Mahi-Mandavi hostel continuously. Yesterday, 16/10/2016 the wardens meeting, to prepare a report about the incident was repeatedly disturbed by ABVP lumpens led by Saurabh Sharma. There are serious efforts to communalize the issue and concerted efforts to communally polarize the campus where, on the table of the common room “Muslims are Terrorists” and other deeply offensive statements were written in the hostel. It is shocking to see the apathy of the administration which has not taken any concrete steps despite Najeeb Ahmed missing from the campus premises for more than three days now.

Keeping in mind the seriousness of the incident, the repeated attacks thereafter and that Najeeb is missing, the JNUSU demands that all those involved in shocking group violence must be punished strictly. The administration must file a formal complaint with the Delhi Police immediately. All the accused have to be declared out of bounds from the hostel to ensure a free and fair trial and speedy justice to be delivered without intimidation of the witnesses.

The administration has to initiate further steps to ensure the safety of the students and take necessary steps to stop communal polarization in the university.

We appeal to the student community to reject all slander and vicious communal hate-mongering and defend the peaceful and democratic campus atmosphere.

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