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Andhra student found murdered in car in US

Paruchuri Abhijit, a 20-year-old student from Guntur district, met a tragic end at the hands of unidentified assailants in the United States. His lifeless body was discovered inside a car abandoned in a forest. Abhijit, the only son of Paruchuri Chakradhar and Srilakshmi, had been regarded as a brilliant student from his early years. Despite initial reluctance from his mother regarding his desire to pursue higher education abroad, she eventually relented, considering his future prospects, according to family members, Times of India reported.

Securing a seat in engineering, Abhijit ventured to Boston University for his studies. The motive behind his murder is speculated to be related to monetary gain and the theft of his laptop. However, suspicions have arisen regarding the circumstances of the murder, hinting at potential altercations with fellow students at the university.

This tragic incident adds to a series of assaults on Indians and Indian-Americans in the United States in recent times. Among them was Amarnath Ghosh, a 34-year-old accomplished Kuchipudi and Bharatnatyam dancer from India, pursuing his master’s degree at Washington University. Ghosh, who had migrated from Kolkata to pursue his passion for dance, fell victim to a fatal shooting near St Louis’ Academy and Central West End neighborhoods.

The distressing trend continues with a significant number of Indian and Indian-origin students meeting tragic fates since the beginning of 2024. These incidents have sparked widespread concern within the community. Sameer Kamath, a 23-year-old Indian-American student at Purdue University, was found deceased in a nature preserve in Indiana in early February. Prior to that, Syed Mazahir Ali, another Indian student, was assaulted by robbers in Chicago.

Vivek Saini, a 25-year-old Indian student, faced a fatal attack by a homeless drug addict in Georgia State’s Lithonia city. The list tragically extends to Shreyas Reddy Beniger, Neel Acharya, and Akul B Dhawan, all Indian students who met untimely ends under various circumstances, raising alarming questions about the safety and security of Indian students in the United States.

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