New Delhi [India], Oct 20 (ANI
): As protest in the Jawaharlal Nehru University
(JNU) turns volatile with students blocking the administrative building and locking up the vice-chancellor and other officials over the missing student, Union Minister MN Pandey
said that the institution authorities and the police are taking the necessary steps and doing the needful.
"We are sad at the information received about the missing boy and all efforts have been made to find him, as we are with the children. JNU's Vice Chancellor, staff, Dean, Chief Proctor are the medium to solve this crisis. Ghearoing them and closing them up will not help in any manner. So, I appeal to the students to stop the 'ghearo' and let them be active and help in the search," Pandey said.
He added that the parents of the students would be naturally worried, but the autonomous organisation are taking necessary steps, he said, "The central institution will take proper action in their capacity and police is worried, so they will take the required steps," he added.
Meanwhile, Varsity vice-chancellor M. Jagadesh Kumar
on Thursday said the move by the protesting students was 'unfortunate and illegal'.
Vice-chancellor Jagadesh Kumar told ANI
in a telephonic conversation that it is wrong on the part of the students to gherao him and other officials
We are also concerned that Najeeb Ahmad is missing. We have talked to police also but gheraoing me and other officials is wrong. Students have gheraoed us since 2.30 p.m. yesterday. We had to sleep on floor and there is no food to eat. Students are not even allowing wives of officials to meet," he added.
Yesterday, also at around 1.30 a.m., the VC tweeted, "Since the students did not let us go home inspite our appeal, we have no other option but be confined to the administration building".
Meanwhile, no trace of missing Najeeb Ahmad was found even on the sixth day after he went missing.
Ahmad was allegedly assaulted by ABVP activists on October 14 during a mess election campaign at Mahi-Mandvi hostel. From the next day, he has gone missing.
According to students, he left the hostel without his wallet, mobile and even his footwear. (ANI