Police have initiated a probe into a mysterious letter delivered on November 14 at Mahi-Mandvi hostel, Jawaharlal Nehru University. Sources said that the letter was allegedly written by a woman from Aligarh claiming to have information about the missing MSc student, Najeeb Ahmed.
The letter, addressed to Ahmed, was received by hostel president Azeem, who informed Ahmed’s mother Fatima Nafees and handed it over to her. She later gave it to the Crime Branch.
In the letter, the woman had written that she had seen Ahmed at a market in Aligarh. He sought her help saying that he had been locked up somewhere and had managed to escape. By the time she could inform anyone, he had left or was probably taken away by some people. She had also mentioned an address where she could be contacted.
When officers of the Crime Branch went to the address, no one could be found. The letter did not mention anything about a ransom nor the place where Ahmed had been locked up.
The courier agency that delivered the letter will be asked by the police to give the location from where it was dispatched and the person who had sent it. The letter might also be sent for forensic analysis of the handwriting.
Meanwhile, Jamia Millia University has handed over the CCTV footage of the campus to the police on the day Ahmed reached there after leaving JNU. Police are recreating the sequence of events to establish the probable route Ahmed could have taken after getting off an autorickshaw.