The woman said Najeeb asked her for help but that he disappeared before she could inform anybody. Photograph:( AFP )
Police have launched a probe after a mysterious letter was delivered on November 14 to Jawaharlal Nehru University's Mahi-Mandvi hostel.
Media reports cited sources as saying the letter was written by a woman from Aligarh who claimed to have information about the missing JNU student Najeeb Ahmed, who has been missing for more than a month now.
The letter also mentioned an address where the woman could be found but when officers got there, they found no one
The letter was addressed to Najeeb. It was received by hostel president Azeem who informed Najeeb's mother Fatima Nafees about the letter and handed it over to her. Nafees, in turn, gave it to the crime branch.
Reports said the woman wrote in the letter that she had seen Najeeb in Aligarh. She added that Najeeb sought her help, saying he had been "locked up somewhere" but had managed to escape.
The reports further said that by the time she was able to inform anybody, Najeeb had left or "was probably taken away by some people".
The letter also apparently mentioned an address where she could be found but, the reports said, when officers of the crime branch reached the address, they found no one there.
The letter did not mention where Najeeb might have been "locked up". Nor did it say anything about a ransom.
The reports said the courier agency that delivered the letter would be asked to say where it was despatched from and who might have sent it.
The letter itself will be sent for forensic analysis.