Probe into murder of Indian students in US

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Washington, Dec 15: The Indian Embassy has expressed deep sorrow over the alleged murder of two Indian students, Chandrasekhar Reddy Komma and Kiran Kumar Allam, who were doing Ph D at the Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.

''As soon as we were made aware of this heinous crime on the morning of December 14, the Consulate General of India, Houston, established contact with the Louisiana State University to ascertain more details,'' the Embassy said in a press release last night. Consul K P Pillai from the Consulate General and First Secretary Alok Pandey from the Embassy of India, Washington, have been sent to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to establish contact with the university authorities, Police Department and the Indian-American community to render all possible assistance.

''Appropriate meetings have been fixed for this morning,'' the statement added.

India Ambassador Ronen Sen conveyed his deepest condolences to the family members of the victims of this tragedy and hoped that the culprits would be brought to book and due justice meted out to them.

Late Thursday night, the two students, hailing from Andhra Pradesh, were found murdered in an apartment of Louisiana State University Campus.

The police was informed of the incident by the wife of one of the victims, Kiran Kumar Allam, after she found her husband and his friend dead when she returned home.

The incident first of its kind on the LSU Campus, has shocked the authorities. There is a large contingent of Indian students on the campus and Louisiana happens to be the home state of Mr Bobby Jindal, the Indian origin Governer of the state.


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