Delhi Police spokesperson Dependra Pathak on Tuesday said the investigation into the case of missing Jawaharlal Nehru University student Najeeb Ahmad has not found any link to the Islamic State group. Pathak’s statement follows
The Times of India’s report, which claimed that a forensic analysis of Ahmad’s laptop had found he was browsing information on how to join the extremist group a day before he went missing.
A report submitted in the Delhi High Court states that he watched several Islamic State-related videos on his laptop and was looking up information on the militant organisation’s ideology and executions, the English daily had reported.
On October 14, the day before he went missing, he is believed to have been watching a video of an Islamic State leader’s speech. Later that night, he allegedly had a spat with the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad members, and the next morning he was reported missing.
The Delhi police, along with the counter-intelligence agency, is probing the case and have put up Najeeb’s photographs in parts of Nepal that are close to Uttar Pradesh, the report added. The investigators believe he was radicalised and was lured away via Nepal.
In February, the Delhi High Court had criticised the police for the slow progress in the probe. “Five to six months have gone by since he disappeared. Even if something worse had happened, it should have come out by now,” the Delhi High Court had said. The bench added that it was “foxed by the lack of information” in the case.
The police has in the past conducted a lie detector test on Ahmad’s roommate. At least 600 police personnel along with sniffer dogs were deployed on the university campus to look for the first-year bio-technology student in December. Ahmad’s family and several students from JNU have also criticised the police for delay in tracing him.