After Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students, who have launched protests over missing student Najeeb Ahmad, cornered Vice-Chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar and other officials, minister of state for home Kiren Rijiju on Thursday reacted saying, "It seems that some students go to JNU not for studying, but for doing politics only."
"It is very wrong to confine the vice-chancellor and other officials of the university. JNU is a big institution. Students should concentrate on studies. They should carry all their activities within the frameworks of law and order," Rijiju said.
"I have spoken to Rajnath Singh about the incident," he added.
Meanwhile, the Vice Chancellor has issued an ultimatum to students to let the administration work.
"We have been confined illegally in the administration building since 2.30pm yesterday (Wednesday). We had a series of meeting with the students explaining the number of steps that we have taken in search of the missing student. However the students are very adamant and not letting us go out of this building. They said they have several demands and the administration has to concede those," he said addressing a press conference.
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"One of the demands is that we should contact the police which we have already done. We have written several letters to the police and our officials are in regular touch with the police in search for Najeeb Ahmed. The other demand that was made is that the entire incident should be investigated. The chief proctorial office is already investigating and if anyone is found guilty we have assured the agitating students that they will be punished as per the university rules. Students also demanded from the administration to make an appeal to Najeeb to return which we already have done," he added.
A cash reward of Rs 50,000 has been announced by the Delhi Police on any information on the missing JNU student. Najeeb Ahmad went missing on October 15 after being allegedly assaulted by ABVP activists on October 14 during a mess election campaign at Mahi-Mandvi hostel.