She was at work when the police called her to identify the body of a man whose description fit her missing brother. She rushed to the mortuary to take a look at the body which she said was crawling with worms.
"The body had on a black shirt and grey pant. The head looked burnt with acid," on Wednesday, a heartbroken Sadaf Musharraf, the sister of missing JNU student Najeeb Ahmed, said as her mother wept beside her. The body was not of Ahmed's. She appealed to the crowd at the campus to do everything in their power to find her brother who disappeared on Saturday after an altercation with a group of ABVP students at his hostel.
With her voice breaking, Sadaf said this was not the fight for one Muslim kid. "Many people on the campus have told me this is how things are here, I've told them don't make this a communal issue. This is about all of you. I want my brother back," she said amid tears and applause and occasional shouts of 'shame'.
"Don't ruin your careers, don't do anything illegal. Fight according to law," she said as a man was seen openly weeping at her words. "They aren't more powerful than us," the school teacher said.
Through the night, the students blocked the administrative offices of vice-chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar, rector Chintamani Mahapatra and chief proctor AP Dimri. While students said food and medicines were supplied, the JNU VC sent out an urgent appeal on Twitter saying that the staff had had to sleep on the floor, had no food, and diabetic patients did not have access to medicines.
"Police said FIR was already filed by Najeeb's mother, so our letter to the police was used as a supporting document to the FIR. We cannot be coerced by this incident and let it affect the functioning of the college," Kumar told the media on Thursday.
"We investigated the matter as soon as it came to our knowledge," he said.
Last night he tweeted that "agitating JNU students should realize it is wrong to physically confine their own teachers like this. This will only affect our JNU."
Here's his appeal to the students.
An appeal to JNU Students from JNU Administration. pic.twitter.com/2rra9DFO3h— M. Jagadesh Kumar (@mamidala90) October 19, 2016
We tried to go out of admin building @ 2.20am. Agitating JNU Students did not let us go out.— M. Jagadesh Kumar (@mamidala90) October 19, 2016
Kumar told ANI in a telephonic conversation that it is wrong on the part of the students to gherao him and other officials.
"We are also concerned that Najeeb Ahmad is missing. We have talked to police also but gheraoing me and other officials is wrong. Students have gheraoed us since 2.30 p.m. yesterday. We had to sleep on floor and there is no food to eat. Students are not even allowing wives of officials to meet," he added.
"Yesterday, also at around 1:30 am, the VC tweeted, "Since the students did not let us go home inspite our appeal, we have no other option but be confined to the administration building".
Ahmad was allegedly assaulted by ABVP activists on October 14 during a mess election campaign at Mahi-Mandvi hostel. From the next day, he had gone missing. According to students, he left the hostel without his wallet, mobile and even his footwear.
(Inputs from agencies)