Where is Najeeb?: New documentary looks at “overlooked stories” of missing JNU student

On Saturday, a new documentary on Najeeb Ahmad, a Muslim student at Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), who went missing from his hostel room in October 2016, after being attacked by members of the right-wing students’ organisation Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) was released by Nous Network on Youtube.

Even now there is no whereabouts of the first-year MSc Biotechnology went missing from his hostel on 15 October 2016. The disappearance of Najeeb Ahmad led to nationwide protests and triggered years of conversations about the safety of minorities on Indian campuses.

On 29 June 2017, the CBI announced a reward of 1 million rupees for information about Najeeb Ahmed.

Although the case is legally closed, it had left many questions open.

Description of the film says, “we connect the overlooked stories of the case with the unanswered questions and ask Where is Najeeb?”

Various parts of the film have been re-created based on publicly available testimonies and information, a disclaimer at the beginning of the film announced.

The documentary directed by research student Zeenia Parveen gathers news reports, individual testimonies and official documents to narrate the story.

Nous network is a Delhi-based media establishment working on video explainers and documentaries.

“We are a Think Tank-Media that aims to reconstruct the discourse around human rights, development, culture, politics and religion,” Nous’s description reads.

The documentary is available on Youtube: