“My sister was not in a relationship with the attacker. Though he had professed his love for her, she had turned him down,” claimed Sudhir Gupta, eldest brother of Roshni Gupta, while talking to HT.
Gupta along with his other younger sister, who is also a student in JNU, was waiting outside the intensive care unit of Safdarjung Hospital, where Roshni is admitted.
Eldest of the eight siblings—five sisters and three brothers, he handles the family’s clothing business along with other brothers back home in district Muzaffarpur, Bihar.
He was on a business trip to Chennai on Wednesday, when he got the news.
“I flew to Delhi, and our parents are on the way. We had no idea about the relationship, it’s only when I reached here and spoke to her JNU friends that I got to know about his obsession for her. He had proposed his love to her but she had turned it down,” he said.
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“My sister is a bright student and had even been granted a scholarship in JNU. She was interested in building a career for herself. This is shocking,” he added.
He visited her in the intensive care unit and was relived when doctors told him that Roshni was responding to treatment. “They said that she was moving limbs and eyes. I hope she recovers soon,” he said.
After having undergone two life-saving procedures, the girl remains to be critical. Doctors claim it is going to be a while before she becomes stable enough to be moved out of the icu.
The damage to the skull and injuries caused to the blood vessels to the brain is a cause for concern for the doctors.
Meanwhile, while the only accused in the savage axe attack that took place in the second floor classroom of JNU’s School of Languages is dead, police have focused their investigation to ascertain the exact cause that triggered Aakash to take the extreme step.
On Thursday, investigators conducted a search at Aakash’s room in Jhelum Hostel within the campus, and seized his laptop and other belongings that they believe would help them understand the mental stress which Aakash was facing for past five months.
A four-page suicide note which was recovered from Aakash’s backpack has already been sent to the forensic laboratory for matching the handwriting. Aakash’s mobile phone, which apparently contains messages exchanged between him and the victim is also being examined. Police have also talked to their family members and friends during the course of investigation.