Missing Jawaharlal Nehru University student Najeeb Ahmad was spotted in Bihar's Darbhanga town, Delhi Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung said on Tuesday. A Special Investigation Team has been sent to Darbhanga, located some 146 km from Patna, to trace the student, he said, according to India Today.
After meeting Delhi Police Commissioner Alok Verma to discuss the matter, Jung added that all efforts will be made to find Ahmad, who has not been seen for more than three weeks. The lieutenant governor said it was "unfortunate" that the student's mother had to be dragged away from a protest by police. On November 6, the Delhi Police had detained Ahmad's mother and a group of students while they were protesting against his disappearance at India Gate.
Moreover, the Delhi Police said eight separate teams had been formed to investigate the case, ANI reported. Joint Commissioner of Police (Southwest) Deependra Pathak said investigators had been communicating with the missing student's family on a daily basis and were keeping them apprised of the latest developments in his case. However, certain groups were attempting to spread fear among JNU students regarding Ahmad's disappearance, Pathak said.
The remarks by Jung and Pathak came after Ahmad's mother and sister sought Home Affairs Minister Rajnath Singh's intervention in the case. Ahmad's sister, in a statement to the press said, "Please do not try to defame Najeeb. He was a model student." Her comments appeared to be a reaction to some reports that claimed Ahmad was "emotionally disturbed" and on anti-depressants. His mother said, "Najeeb used to have trouble sleeping and would sometimes take sleeping pills. Other than that, he had no problem." The home minister assured the 27-year-old's family that the Centre would take appropriate action.
Ahmad had been living in JNU’s Mahi-Mandavi hostel when he got into a spat with members of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad while they were campaigning for the mess secretary elections. Ahmad was initially described by university officials as an "accused" in the events of that night, but after he went missing, the police registered a case of abduction and offered a reward for any information on his whereabouts.