Bodies of LSU students to be flown to AP on Dec 20

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Washington, Dec 20: The bodies of the two Indian students of Louisiana State University (LSU), who were found dead in an apartment near the campus on December 13, are likely to be flown today to their native place Hyderabad, according to Indian embassy sources.

The families of the deceased have already left for Hyderabad. Two Indian diplomats -- Consul K P Pillai from the Consulate General of India, Houston, and First Secretary Alok Pandey from the Embassy of India here, were in Baton Rouge to provide assistance to the families and friends of the deceased students. Chandrasekhar Reddy Komma (31) and Kiran Kumar Allam (33) were found with gun shot wounds last Thursday night in Edward Gay Apartments, near the campus.

They were allegedly killed in Allam's apartment. Both were married doctoral students at the LSU.

The two diplomats, who were camping in Baton Rouge since Saturday, met the university authorities and local police, who promised to make all possible arrangements to ensure the security of Indian students numbering over 300 there.

Indian Ambassador to the US, Ronen Sen, also spoke to LSU vice Chancellor Sean O'Keefe. Meanwhile, the US flag was flying half mast on the parade ground of LSU campus in memory of the Indian students. The flag was lowered to half mast on Monday and will remain there till 1630 hrs (local time) tomorrow.

Louisiana's Republican Governor-elect, Piyush 'Bobby' Jindal, also mourned the death of the Indian students. Mr Jindal, who is of Indian origin, was quoted in the local media as saying that he and his wife continued to pray for the victims, their families and everyone else affected by the tragedy.

He said the police was investigating the crime to ensure that those responsible for such horrible acts were brought to justice. Mr Jindal, who was elected in the last election will assume office on January 14.

Police, on Monday, released the sketches of two men wanted for questioning in the killings of the doctoral students. Both the suspects are black male in their twenties. One was wearing a white hooded sweatshirt and the other wore a white long sleeve shirt with a high collar and dark jeans.

In all, the police suspects at least three or four black males who were on the campus at about 2100 hrs(local time) on the night of December 13, the day of the alleged murders.


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