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New Delhi, Oct 20: Students protesting against the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) administration’s “lack of initiative and effort” towards finding student Najeeb Ahmad, confined Vice Chancellor M. Jagdeesh Kumar and other top university officials to their offices all for over 22 hours now..

Meanwhile, the JNU Vice-Chancellor has issued ultimatum to students to let the administration work and said that he is determined to conduct the scheduled academic council, the highest policy making body, meeting at 2.30pm on Thursday which is at a different venue. Kumar said that if they are stopped from performing their duty “law will take its own course.”

Earlier on Wednesday, the Delhi Police Wednesday announced a reward of Rs 50,000 for information about missing JNU student Najeeb Ahmed five days after he vanished.

In an order issued late Wednesday, the police said that any information or clue regarding the missing/abducted Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student could be given to the Station House Officer (SHO) of Vasant Kunj North police station.

It added that a cash reward of Rs 50,000 would be given to anyone who gave information regarding Ahmed’s whereabouts.

Ahmed went missing on October 15 night from the university hostel Mahi-Mandvi after a brawl with ABVP students.

A police complaint was filed under section 365 of Indian Penal Code (IPC) for kidnapping or abducting with intent secretly and wrongfully to confine a person, and a proctorial inquiry was also initiated by the varsity.

Hundreds of protesting students are still holding the VC, Proctor and Registrar hostage, while employees are allowed to carry out the daily duties.

Apart from the Akhil Bhartiya Vidya Parishad (ABVP), all student political bodies took part in the protest and vented their anger at the university officials.

Carrying photos of Ahmed, JNU students went about in the neighbourhood inquiring about him.

They have also pasted “missing posters” in areas around JNU and on various roads leading to the university.

(As per IANS inputs)