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JNU unrest: Rajnath Singh directs Delhi police to set up special team to trace missing student

New Delhi: Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday directed the Delhi Police to set up a special team to trace a missing student of Jawaharlal Nehru University, where a section of students has been staging protest alleging inaction by authorities in the case.

 JNU unrest: Rajnath Singh directs Delhi police to set up special team to trace missing student

File photo of Rajnath Singh. Reuters

Singh called up the Commissioner of Delhi Police and gave the instruction to set up the special team to find the missing student, a Home Ministry official said.

The student, Najeeb Ahmed, went missing on Saturday following a brawl on the campus the night before.

Agitating JNU students have confined the Vice Chancellor, M Jagadesh Kumar, and about 12 other officials in the university's administrative building since Wednesday afternoon though students and media persons have been able to access it.

Coming down heavily on protesting students, the VC warned of action against them. He said that several rounds of talks were held with the students to convince them regarding the sincerity of the university to locate Najeeb but they were continuing with their "illegal" activity.

"If all our efforts fail, if we continue to be confined like this and if we are prevented from doing our duty, we will have no other option but take suitable action. There is an important academic council meeting at 2:30 pm, and we have to leave this venue and go to another venue at around 2:15 pm," the VC told reporters this morning.

Rejecting allegations of inaction, Kumar on Thursday said they had written to the police about the missing student and an inquiry by the university will be expedited and the "guilty" will be punished.

Police have announced a reward of Rs 50,000 for anyone who can provide information about JNU student Najeeb's whereabouts. A public advertisement has also been issued in this regard, police said.

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Updated Date: Oct 20, 2016 15:24:46 IST

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