The Delhi High Court on Thursday asked for lie detector tests of nine suspects from the police before adjourning the case of the missing Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student Najeeb Ahmed till January 23.
In its status report, the police said the entire JNU campus was searched for two days by 560 officials and a dog squad in presence of Ahmed’s mother and brother. The Delhi Police also had conducted a lie detector test on missing Ahmed’s roommate Qasim on December 21.
JNU students have criticised the Delhi Police over the delay in tracing Ahmed, who has been missing from the campus after allegedly being beaten up by a mob of 20 students comprising mostly ABVP members.
Last month, JNUSU president Mohit Pandey had said that the police had not taken any action for finding Ahmed. He said, “They have not followed the procedures and responsibilities. Those who had beaten him were not interrogated.
Ahmed’s family has also been critical of the police so far for not being able to locate him. Denying reports that Ahmed was taking anti-depressant medicines, his sister had earlier alleged that the police was trying to give a different angle to the case.
“We hope the Delhi Police works on the right path to find him and not defame him. We have also requested for a CBI probe,” she said.
The Delhi Police had last month increased the reward from Rs. 2, 00,000 to 5, 00,000 for the person, who provides information about the missing JNU student.
On October 14, Ahmed was allegedly slapped by an ABVP member canvassing for the hostel elections. The first year M.Sc Biotechnology student has been missing from the next day.
Since then, the students along with Ahmed’s family have been protesting at the campus against the alleged police inaction, demanding the arrest of ABVP members.