A 26-year-old Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student Mukul Jain has gone missing from the campus since January 8, the police said. "His family members have not requested for an FIR but we have some clues, which we are analysing", said DCP (southwest) Milind Dumbere. However, due to his family's pressure, he ended the relationship recently, and was upset over it. Jain's family had approached JNU authorities after he failed to return home till late in the evening on Monday. The family was shown the footage in which he was seen leaving the campus on foot.
The JNU Students' Union met JNU administration and Police regarding the matter and have requested everyone to be more vigilant.
CCTV footage showed that Jain had walked out of the east gate and probably boarded a vehicle.
The Delhi Police has launched a manhunt in search of Jain, who was last spotted in the SLS lab around 12:30 PM on Monday.
His friends told TOI that Jain was working in lab number 408 when he received a call from an unknown number and left in a hurry.
IGNOU's research unit director Kaustuva Barik confirmed that the student was registered with IGNOU. Our anxiety has grown because concocted stories about him are being spread ever since he went missing. "We hope he is found soon", he said.
In 2016, a JNU scholar, Najeeb Ahmed, had gone missing.
Najeeb Ahmed disappeared from the Mahi-Mandvi hostel of the university on October 15, 2016 following a scuffle with some other students, allegedly affiliated to the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the previous night.