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Disappearance of JNU student Najeeb Ahmed takes communal colour, JNUSU blames ABVP
The mysterious disappearance of 27-year old Najeeb Ahmad, a first year M Sc Biotechnology student of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), has now taken a communal colour as both Right and Left-wing students are blaming each other for communal polarisation in the campus.

Ahmad was last seen in his room (number 106) at Mahi-Mandavi Hostel at around 11am on Saturday, 15th October, after which he was allegedly assaulted by fellow students who are associated with the Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), a student wing of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).

Although more than 80 hours have passed since Ahmad disappeared, there has been no information on his whereabouts. On Monday, JNU Students' Union (JNUSU) alleged that Najeeb had been "communally targeted" by the ABVP.

In a statement released on Monday evening, JNUSU said, "When Najeeb – accompanied by residents of the hostel, G4S security men and Senior Warden Dr Sushil Kumar – started moving to the warden's office on the ground floor, he was criminally intimated, communally targeted and physically assaulted by the same group of students (who had attacked him twice or thrice at first floor of the hostel)."

JNUSU, a union dominated by left-leaning students has alleged that there are – "serious efforts to "communalise the issue" and "concentrated efforts to communally polarise the campus".

It has also been alleged that offensive statements like `Muslims are terrorists' were written on a table in the common room and other places in the hostel. It would be worthwhile mentioning here that Mahi-Mandavi Hostel has the maximum number of Muslim resident students (103 out of 380) in comparison to other hostels in the campus. Most interestingly, even ABVP has a strong base in the hostel.

The ABVP has on the other hand refuted these allegations and termed them as "fictional". The ABVP says that the alleged scuffle was a "one-sided assault", in which Najeeb Ahmed had "physically thrashed and abused" mess secretary candidates Vikrant and Ankit during room to room campaign for hostel elections. ABVP also said that another hosteller Sunil who was accompanying Vikrant and Ankit was also subjected to caste-sensitive abuses.

The ABVP in its counter statement which was also released on Monday said, "Najeeb has accepted that he slapped Vikrant because he was wearing a kalawa (a sacred red thread tied on the wrist). This incident was basically a hate crime against the three students."

ABVP has also alleged that several student from Jamia Millia Islamia were called by the JUNSU on Sunday night to show muscle power during a protest organised by the Union at the main gate of the university.

A statement signed by Alok Singh, JNU-ABVP president and Lalit Pandey, JNU-ABVP secretary said, "It is being heard that the putsiders were brandishing sharp weapons."

JNU student Umar Khalid, who is out on bail in a sedation case along with a few other JNU students including Kanhaiya Kumar for shouting anti-national slogans in a demonstration on the university campus in February this year says that the ABVP is trying to spread communal hysteria in the campus.

He said, "Writing choicest of abuses for Muslims, calling them Pakistanis and terrorists is now happening in JNU. The ABVP in its classic manner is also spreading all kinds of rumours about the incident."

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