New Delhi: Three years after JNU student Najeeb Ahmed went missing, his mother Fatima Nafees says she refuses to give up the search for her son. Sharing a dais with Rajni Singh, wife of inspector Subodh Kumar Singh who was killed by a mob in Bulandshahr in December last year, Fatima Nafees said the two will lead a march to Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s home on 15 October, the date on which Najeeb went missing in 2016.
Nadeem Khan, an activist affiliated with civil rights organisation United Against Hate (UAH), said the march to Amit Shah’s home will also include the family of Tabrez Ansari, who was lynched in Jharkhand in June this year, and the kin of Gauri Lankesh, the journalist murdered in September 2017.
“All my financial savings have been drained, but my child is still not with me,” Fatima said at a press conference at the Press Club in New Delhi Thursday. Fatima has been leading protests for three years, and was also detained in October 2017 by the Delhi Police when she was sitting in protest outside the Delhi High Court.
Police cheated us since Day One: Najeeb’s mother
Fatima alleged that the police never seriously pursued her son’s case.
Just a night before Najeeb went missing, a fight had broken out between him and a group of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) members. Subsequently, the chief proctor of JNU, A.P. Dimri, had confirmed that Najeeb was assaulted by the ABVP students.
Amid allegations that he was abducted by nine ABVP students, the Delhi Police began probing the case. After they failed to make any headway, the Delhi High Court transferred the case to the CBI in May 2017. But nearly a year and a half after the CBI took on the case, the premier investigative agency also said it failed to find any evidence of foul play and filed a closure report in October 2018.
“The police cheated us since Day 1. Their attitude was never right,” Fatima said.
“We did not expect this level of casualness from the CBI — they came back to the Delhi High Court months into the investigation and said we do not know who did this,” senior advocate Colin Gonsalves, founder of Human Rights Law Network, said in a documentary released by UAH marking three years of Najeeb going missing.
“Particularly sad was that the High Court didn’t order a court-monitored investigation,” Gonsalves added.
‘Defamed by news media, will file a case against Kapil Mishra too’
Several new organisations had alleged in March 2017 that Najeeb had links with ISIS, or was influenced by the terror outfit. The Delhi Police had subsequently clarified that they had no evidence to suggest any such link. Fatima had later filed a defamation suit against the media houses that had reported the unverified information, asking them for an apology and compensation.
But the damage had been done. Even as late as March 2019, fake news of Najeeb having joined the ISIS kept surfacing on social media.
In fact, despite the police dismissing all such reports, BJP’s Kapil Mishra last week tweeted that there were ‘rumours’ that Najeeb had joined ISIS. Mishra’s tweet was in response to the Delhi Waqf Board giving compensation of Rs 5 lakh to Najeeb’s family.
केजरीवाल ने JNU से गायब नजीब के परिवार को दिये 5 लाख रुपये और सरकारी नौकरी
चर्चा हैं नजीब ISIS में शामिल हुआ हैं
दिल्ली में हर साल 8000 बच्चे खोते हैं
उनके माता पिता का क्या कसूर, सिर्फ हिन्दू होना?
जेहादी और नक्सली को ही केजरीवाल पैसा देगा ?
ये कैसा कानून
ये कैसी सरकार pic.twitter.com/xYpHXpsc8Q
— Kapil Mishra (@KapilMishra_IND) September 30, 2019
“Kejriwal gave Rs 5 lakh and a government job to the family of missing JNU student Najeeb,” Mishra’s tweet read. “Rumours say that Najeeb has joined ISIS. 8,000 children go missing in Delhi every year. What is the fault of their parents, because they are Hindus? Kejriwal will give money to only Jihadi and Naxals?”
Fatima said she plans to file a defamation suit against Mishra as well if he doesn’t tender an apology soon.