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Police Manhandle, Detain Missing JNU Student’s Mother During Protest In Delhi

NEW DELHI: Police dragging away the mother of Najeeb Ahmed – the missing student of Delhi’s prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru University – became the abiding image of the day, widely shared by indignant social media users as the cops cracked down on a students’ protest near India Gate this evening. Najeeb’s mother, sister and many of the students were later detained by the police. Fatima Ahmed was participating in the protest held by JNU students, angry at the failure of authorities to trace Najeeb who had gone missing last month. Ms Ahmed from Badaun in Uttar Pradesh has been camping in Delhi since last month following a frantic phone call from her son on the evening of October 14. The day after, it was found that the Biotechnology student had gone The Delhi Police, which had blocked all roads leading to the area since afternoon, has denied that anyone was manhandled. “No one has been manhandled and no force has been used against anyone,” said Deependra Pathak, Joint CP, South West Delhi, adding that a few protesters were removed and taken to the police station and have been sent back to their destinations including Najeeb Ahmed’s mother. Police say the permission for the protest was not granted and that Section 144 was imposed in the India Gate area because of the festival of Chhat Puja. He said despite that people had gathered near India Gate in small groups and did not cooperate with the police when persuaded against a protest. The protest comes days after Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and other leaders of the opposition parties visited the university during a protest regarding the missing student. There, in his address to the students, Mr Kejriwal had said “Let’s sit on a protest at the India Gate”.

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