Delhi police sets up special team to find missing JNU student

Agitating students gheraoed?the University?s vice-chancellor and 12 other officials in the administrative building for 22 hours on Wednesday. (Image source: Wikipedia.) Photograph:( Others )

New Delhi, Delhi, India Oct 20, 2016, 11.42 AM (IST)

Delhi police have put together a special investigation team (SIT) to trace missing Jawaharlal Nehru University student Najeeb Ahmed as protests raged on campus against alleged inaction by the authorities. 

"We have formed an SIT under Additional DCP-II(South) Manishi Chandra to probe in the case. We have also informed the SSPs concerned as well as police officers across India and have given out advertisements in newspapers," said Nupur Prasad, additional deputy commissioner of police (South), PTI reported.

 Najeeb Ahmed went missing on Saturday after a 'brawl' -- some versions say it was a brawl, others that he was beaten up by right-wing activists -- on campus the night before.

"We have also announced a reward of Rs 50,000 for any person who provides information about Najeeb," Prasad said, PTI reported.

She added that they have also seized some medicines, a laptop and Najeeb's phone, which he had left in his hostel room.

India's interior minister Rajnath Singh had instructed the Commissioner of Delhi Police to set up the special team to find Ahmed. 

On Wednesday, agitating students gheraoed the University’s vice-chancellor and 12 other officials in the administrative building for more than 24 hours.

Prasad said the JNU administration is also trying to find Ahmed.

Refuting the kidnapping theory that has been doing the rounds since Najeeb went missing, she told PTI, "We haven't got any CCTV footage but an eyewitness saw him going out of the Parthasarathy Rocks area. The family hasn't told us about receiving any ransom call for his release."

(WION with inputs from PTI)