At around 11 pm on Sunday, 15 December, a man in his thirties ran after a police van that exited through the main gate of Delhi’s Holy Family Hospital. The van disappeared into the darkness towards Okhla Road. The man chased the van for some distance, repeatedly yelling, “Aamir ko le gaye”—They took Aamir. Before he could rush back to his car to continue his chase, he was surrounded by journalists standing outside the hospital gate. The man identified himself as the brother-in-law of Aamir Sohail Siddiqui, a student of Jamia Millia Islamia. Hours earlier, Delhi Police personnel had entered the Jamia campus and brutally beaten the students, including Siddiqui.
“We had been asked to wait outside the emergency ward for the last two hours. The hospital administration told us Aamir had only three stitches in his head but didn’t let us see him,” the brother-in-law said. “And then the next moment we see he was being whisked away from the backdoor of the hospital into a police van full of cops. His head was entirely bandaged. Nobody told us anything what had happened to him and where did they take him.” This was all he could tell the media before leaving to enquire about his relative. Siddiqui was later found to be undergoing treatment at the Safdarjung Hospital. His friend, Syed Shariq Ahmad Rizvi, said Siddiqui was disacharged later in the night.