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JNU students confine university VC and other top officials; MSc student Najeeb Ahmad remains missing for five days
Agitations by students of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) who are protesting against the mysterious disappearance of a student turned volatile yesterday with the protesting students locking down the vice-chancellor and other senior officials in the administrative building.

"We appeal to the students who have physically confined us to stop this and come for discussion. Let us discuss and resolve," JNU vice-chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar tweeted while being locked inside the building.

However, the students who are lying down outside the administration block defended their protests and claimed they have not detained anybody.

Mohit Pandey, President JNUSU said that they have not illegally confined anybody and have ensured electricity and all necessary supplies are present in the building. He also claimed to have sent food for the people present inside the building.

"By 3:30 pm employees started coming out of the building on some pretext or the other even when we had no such intention to lay a siege there. We are only demanding a proper response from the V-C about what action the university is taking in finding Najeeb," Birsa Ambedkar Phule Students' Association (BAPSA) President Bhupali Magare told IANS.

While the police officials were present outside the campus of the university, they were still awaiting instructions from the university administration to enter the premises.

The students had blocked the gates of the administrative block and started their protests in the afternoon yesterday. Intervention from the security staff ensured that the students opened the gates of the building. But as most of the staff left in the evening, the students again blocked the gates. All student political parties including NSUI, AISA, SFI and DSU are taking part in the blockade. Akhil Bhartiya Vidya Parishad (ABVP) is the only party that has not participated in the protests.

"The blockade is due to the insensitive way of handling the matter of Najeeb Ahmad — the violence against him by ABVP which led to him missing from the campus for over five days now and the JNU administration trying to shield the culprits while refusing to lodge an FIR," the JNUSU president said.

Ahmed is an MSc (biotechnology) student at the university and has been missing since October 15, allegedly after a brawl with ABVP members.

The university has formed a proctorial committee to look into the case of the student's disappearance. The university administration has already summoned at least 12 students in the case. The protesting students though have claimed that the vice-chancellor acted in an "insensitive" manner on the issue.

The police have lodged an FIR under IPC section 365 for kidnapping and wrongfully confining a person at Vasant Kunj North police station.

In a statement on Tuesday, the university said that it was making all efforts to resolve the incident. It also said that it is coordinating with the Delhi police and that all PCR vans in Delhi and all senior superintendents of police throughout India have been alerted to trace the student.

The JNU Teachers' Association has also called for protests on Wednesday to ensure Najeeb's safe return and has demanded that the university should conduct a fair inquiry into the concerted violence.

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