On 14th October night, Najeeb Ahmed, a student of M.Sc. Biotechnology, JNU was brutally assaulted and violently threatened by a group of ABVP students. From 15th October morning, Najeeb went missing from the campus. The disappearance of a student from a central university in the national capital after assault and intimidation of right wing lumpens is no doubt an ominous reflection of the dark times we are living in. For past three weeks, students, teachers, staff members of JNU, and citizens of Delhi have been coming out on the streets demanding institutional accountability to bring back Najeeb.
- What is absolutely shocking and shameful, the partisan role of the University administration in the whole affair. JNU administration has not taken action on its own nor filed any complaint with the police regarding the assault on Najeeb. None of the University press releases mention the vicious attack and intimidation on him.
- Further, the JNU administration is stooping to the lowest levels by repeatedly churning out show-cause notices and threat letters to student activists involved in the movement for Najeeb.
- On the other hand, the Delhi police did not allow Najeeb’s mother to mention the incident of assault on Najeeb in her FIR (which now stands as a simple FIR of kidnapping, against unknown persons).
- The JNUSU and other eyewitnesses also filed a police complaint naming the persons who assaulted Najeeb and threatened to kill him. But it is utterly appalling that the assaulters named in the complaint were still not interrogated even after 22 days of the disappearance. Neither have their call records been investigated so far.
A student from a minority community goes missing from the university, his assaulters roam scot free and the university administration – police – ruling government remain mute spectators. The pattern is simple, clear and unmistakable. The BJP government has waged a war on campuses and on all marginalized sections and dissenting voices across the country.
Yesterday it was Rohith Vemula pushed to suicide, then it was JNU students charged with sedition and jailed, today it is Najeeb, tomorrow it may be any of us, or any of our children. In DU recently, a program on ‘the idea of university’ was vandalized and physically attacked by the ABVP lumpens in collusion with the university administration and Delhi Police. Faculty members in support of student movements were also targeted, harassed and vilified by the right wing forces. Everywhere it is the same design unfolding: the RSS-ABVP goons under full patronage of university administrations and the BJP government get away with each and every vicious attack across campuses, and Dalits, minorities and dissenting voices are intimidated, harassed and even institutionally murdered.
This is the time to fight back! We appeal all progressive individuals and organizations to join hands and resist Modi government’s war on the dignity and security of the oppressed people, on student-youth, on universities. We must raise the questions loud and clear:
- Why has the JNU VC continuously been shielding the assaulters of Najeeb?
- Why has the Delhi Police still not interrogated nor investigated call records of these assaulters?
- Why is Central government silent on the failure of Delhi Police, which comes directly under it?
We must unitedly stand up in the fight for justice for Najeeb and against political protection and patronage to the assaulters of Najeeb.
JNUSU appeals to the people of Delhi to join
Justice for Najeeb – United Citizens’ Vigil
at India Gate
6 November Sunday @ 3pm