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Truth: This is not missing JNU student Najeeb with Islamic State fighters

A photo has been shared hundreds of times online in posts that claim it shows JNU student Najeeb Ahmed, who disappeared from Delhi campus in 2016, posing with Islamic State group fighters in Syria. The claim is false; the photo was taken in Iraq in 2015 by international news agency Reuters and shows Shiite militia fighters, not IS members.

The false claim has been posted repeatedly on Facebook.

The Facebook posts' caption says, in Hindi:"Recognize him? This is our Najeeb.. from JNU... the one who was part of revolutionary gang... He got a placement in ISIS after obtaining doctorate from JNU. He sends his salutations to Rahul Gandhi and Arvind Kejriwal from Syria."

Najeeb Ahmed is a student of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in Delhi, who has been missing since October 2016.

A reverse image search found that the original photo was published here on March 7, 2015 - seven months before Ahmed went missing - on the Reuters image website.

The misleading posts do not say which of the men in the photo is allegedly Najeeb.

Multiple media reports ran photos of Ahmed alongside their reports.

Delhi police also have details of Najeeb Ahmed's disappearance which can be found in their missing person database.

The image of Najeeb in the Delhi police records and the photographs published by Indian media do not correspond to anyone featured in the misleading image.

The traditionally left-leaning JNU has been targeted by nationalist groups and accused of fostering sedition.

This claim has also been debunked by fact-checking organisations such as Altnews.in.