The police said on Wednesday that a research scholar pursuing Ph.D. from the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has allegedly gone disappeared from the Jawaharlal Nehru University campus. The research scholar Mukul Jain, who is pursuing his research under a guide from IGNOU and a co-guide from JNU’s School of Life Sciences, was last seen on Monday. He used a laboratory at the JNU for his research.
The DCP (South West) Milind Mahadeo Dumbere said, “We have spoken to the family of the missing student but they have not been able to provide much information.” At Vasant Kunj police station, a complaint has been filed. According to the police, Jain was allegedly saddened over some differences that had emerged between him and a woman who he had befriended recently. “We have been told that he wanted to confront the woman but was unable to contact her when he was last seen on the campus and spoke to his friends,” an investigator said on anonymity as he is not authorized to speak to the media.
The CCTV footage reveals Jain leaving the campus from the university’s east gate on Monday at around 12.30 pm. The JNU’s chief security officer Naveen Yadav said that the student’s family visited the campus on Tuesday and were displayed the CCTV recordings. Yadav said, “The student is not registered with JNU but works under a co-guide here. The family was shown the footage in which he was seen leaving the campus on foot. We have not registered a (police) complaint yet as the family has already registered it.” “He is registered with IGNOU with the life sciences department. I am his co-guide so he used to come here to work in the lab,” said Jain’s co-guide at JNU Shweta Saran, who is a professor at School of Life Sciences.
It was confirmed by the IGNOU’s research unit director Kaustuva Barik that the missing student was registered with IGNOU. Barik said that “I was informed about the case by the guide that the student has gone missing. We hope he is found soon”.