India: Police manhandle, detain missing JNU student's mother during protest

New Delhi, Delhi, India Nov 07, 2016, 02.33 AM(IST)

The Delhi chief minister met the President, who reportedly assured him he would ask the interior ministry for a report on Najeeb Ahmed (R). Photograph:( Facebook )

Police on Sunday detained the mother and sister, along with scores of angry students, of missing Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student Najeeb Ahmed during a protest march to India Gate in the Indian capital Delhi. 

Najeeb's mother, Fatima Nafees, was allegedly dragged (see picture) into a bus by Delhi police, PTI reported. 

Najeeb Ahmed, a 27-year-old student of the School of Biotechnology in JNU, went missing on October 15 after an alleged on-campus altercation with members of the Akhil Bharatiya 
Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the student wing of India's ruling BJP party.

We were protesting very peacefully but the Delhi Police detained us without any reason," Najeeb's sister Sadaf Mosharraf told PTI. 

Both mother and daughter were later released. 

The police denied manhandling the protesters, saying all their actions were "within the frameworks of law". 

"No one has been manhandled and no force has been used against anyone. Adequate male and female police was there. Within the parameters of law we handled the entire situation," southwest Delhi joint commissioner of police Deependra Pathak told PTI.

He added that a few protesters, including Najeeb's mother, were taken to a police station but that they were later sent home.

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal condemned the police action, and submitted a memorandum about the "worrisome situation" in the country to President Pranab Mukherjee. 

The President reportedly also assured Kejriwal that he would be seeking a report on the disappearance from the interior ministry and the JNU administration.

(WION with inputs from PTI)