Najeeb Ahmed row: Police says JNU student may have been emotionally disturbed, family claims he was fit

Family of the missing JNU student, Najeeb Ahmed, met the Union Home Minister  Rajnath Singh on Tuesday who assured Najeeb's mother of proper and timely action in the case. Najeeb's family is also se to meet the Delhi Lt. Governor Najeeb jung later in the day.

The Delhi Police is in the process of reconstructing the psychological profile of JNU student Najeeb Ahmed, who went missing from the campus over three weeks ago, as reports surfaced that the student may have been suffering from depression and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

According to a report in India Today, the police believes that Najeeb was on anti-depressants some other drugs used to treat OCD as they recovered a prescription from his hostel room. According to the report, Najeeb was prescribed with Flunil 20mg (used to treat OCD) and Zolfresh 5mg (sleep inducers) on 27 August this year. Later in September, he was also prescribed the drug Lonazep which is used to treat fits, panic attacks and agoraphobia (fear of public places). The police also found some anti-depressants in his room, which led them to shift gear from their traditional methods of tracing him and considered to do his psychological profiling to crack the case.

"We are doing a meticulous reconstruction of Najeeb's personality and the incident. Our team is analysing his WhatsApp messages, SMSes, his call records and the people he used to interact with to gain an insight on whether he was an introvert or extrovert," said a senior police officer.

File image of the JNU campus. JNU website

File image of the JNU campus. JNU website

Eight special teams have been fanned out to various places where he has stayed and studied before JNU in order to talk to his teachers and friends to know whether he has been in touch with any of them or contacted them, he said. The cops also sought information from the doctor he was in consultation with, along with questioning other JNU students who knew Najeeb personally. The police is also in touch with the local chemists, who have been asked to report to the police should a young person matching Najeeb's description approaches them for medicines, according to Times Now. 

A special team is also doing technical surveillance of Najeeb's mobile phone and laptop to know about his interests and what he used to read on the internet, police said. We are also appealing to JNU students to assist us in our efforts in tracing Najeeb and sharing information about him, said Dependra Pathak, Delhi Police spokesperson and Joint Commissioner of Police (Southwest).

Police will also be questioning members of JNUSU including its President Mohit Pandey in connection with this case.

After the psychiatrist's prescription were recovered, police is also mulling the possibility that Najeeb could have left the hostel premises voluntarily. According to Hindustan Timesthe police said that Najeeb was visiting a doctor thrice in two weeks and could have been emotionally disturbed.

Delhi Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung also told Times Now that the missing student was reportedly "emotionally upset" and was on medication. He also defended the action of Delhi Police in the case while maintaining that the Sunday's scuffle between protesting JNU students and Najeeb's family was "most unfortunate."

Najeeb's mother, Fatima Nafees, however said that Najeeb was fit and alleged that the police was "making this up because they were unable to find Najeeb," states the Hindusta Times report. Najeeb's sister also refuted the Delhi Police's claims and said that they would appreciate if the Police will take the right track to look for him rather than maligning his image. She also said that Najeeb was a model student

Najeeb, a 27-year-old student of School of Biotechnology and a native of Badaun in Uttar Pradesh, went missing on 15 October following an on-campus scuffle allegedly with the members of ABVP the night before.

Najeeb's mother Fatima Nafees and his family members also met Delhi Police Commissioner Alok Kumar Verma and other senior officers, including special commissioners of police (Law & Order) North and South, joint commissioner of police (Southeast), on Monday, who assured her of all the action in the matter.

After coming out of the meeting, Fatima said, "I have been told that all possible steps are being taken to trace Najeeb. I just want him back." The police also asked the family members to share with them minutest of details about Najeeb's personality so that he can be traced.

She refused to comment on reports that she was allegedly dragged by Delhi Police officers on Sunday and detained. "I am ready to tolerate more pain than what I went through yesterday just to get my son back," she said.

Najeeb's family members also alleged that the officers didn't talk about Sunday's incident where they were detained en route to India Gate and taken to different police stations.

With inputs from PTI

Updated Date: Nov 08, 2016 14:03 PM

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