Auto driver who ‘dropped’ Na­jeeb now de­nies state­ment: CBI to HC

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - - METRO - HT Cor­re­spon­dent htre­porters@hin­dus­tan­

NEW DELHI: Did the Delhi po­lice crime branch tu­tored a wit­ness last year to show they made head­way in the Na­jeeb Ahmed case? An auto driver who ac­cord­ing to Delhi po­lice said he dropped the miss­ing JNU stu­dent at Jamia Mil­lia Is­lamia on Oc­to­ber 15, the day he went miss­ing from his hos­tel, has re­port­edly de­nied mak­ing such a state­ment.

The CBI, in a sta­tus re­port, on Tues­day in­formed the Delhi High Court about the change in the auto driver’s state­ment. Sources said the auto driver claimed that his ear­lier state­ment to the Delhi po­lice was made “un­der duress”.

The dis­ap­pear­ance of Na­jeeb was be­ing ear­lier probed by the Delhi po­lice but later, the case was handed over to the CBI. Na­jeeb went miss­ing on Oc­to­ber 15 af­ter an al­leged scuf­fle with ABVP mem­bers in Mahi-man­davi Hos­tel of JNU.CBI spokesman Ab­hishek Dayal re­fused to com­ment on the case, adding that the mat­ter was sub­ju­dice and the sta­tus re­port has been submitted to the court in a sealed cover.

A month af­ter JNU stu­dent Na­jeeb Ahmed went miss­ing, the crime branch claimed to have made a break­through by trac­ing an auto-rick­shaw driver who had picked Ahmed from JNU and dropped him at Jamia Na­gar.

The then joint com­mis­sioner of the crime branch Ravin­dra Ya­dav who was head­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, told re­porters that the auto driver told them Ahmed had hired the auto-rick­shaw for Zakir Na­gar but got down at the Jamia Mil­lia Is­lamia.

Depen­dra Pathak, chief spokesper­son of Delhi Po­lice, said the po­lice are yet to see the sta­tus re­port. “Once we re­ceive the doc­u­ments, we will ap­pro­pri­ately ex­am­ine it (what was said in court),”said Pathak.

The case has been probed by four dif­fer­ent i nves­tiga­tive teams but the 28-year-old JNU stu­dent is yet to be found. The Delhi po­lice and CBI have in­de­pen­dently an­nounced re­ward of ₹10 lakh for in­for­ma­tion about Ahmed’s where­abouts.

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