Indian Student Dies In Boston, ‘Initial Investigations Rule Out Foul Play’, Consulate General Says

An Indian student, Abhijeeth Paruchuru, passed away in Boston, United States. The Consulate General of India in New York confirmed the news, expressing deep sadness over the demise. According to the Consulate, initial investigations have ruled out any foul play in Paruchuru’s death.

Paruchuru’s parents, based in Connecticut, are in direct contact with detectives regarding the incident, as per PTI’s report. The Consulate General of India in New York stated, “The consulate rendered assistance in documentation and transportation of his mortal remains to India.” They also mentioned that they are staying in touch with local authorities and the Indian-American community regarding the matter.

Sources told PTI that the last rites of the 20-year-old student have already been performed in his hometown, Tenali, located in Andhra Pradesh. US-based nonprofit organization TEAM Aid facilitated the transportation of Paruchuru’s mortal remains to India, according to the report.

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Recent Deaths Of Indian Students In US

Paruchuru’s death adds to the growing number of incidents involving Indian students in the United States becoming the ninth such case this year. Since the beginning of 2024, there have been several deaths within the Indian community, raising concerns about the safety of Indian students studying abroad.

In March, Amarnath Ghosh, a 34-year-old trained classical dancer from India and a student of Washington University, was shot dead in St Louis, Missouri. Sameer Kamath, a 23-year-old Indian-American student at Purdue University, was found dead in a nature preserve in Indiana on February 5.

On February 2, Vivek Taneja, a 41-year-old Indian-origin IT executive, suffered life-threatening injuries during an assault outside a restaurant in Washington. A week before that, Syed Mazahir Ali, an Indian student was attacked by robbers in Chicago.

Earlier, 25-year-old Indian student Vivek Saini was fatally attacked in Georgia State’s Lithonia city by a homeless drug addict.

In January, 19-year-old Shreyas Reddy Beniger, a student at the Lindner School of Business in Ohio State was found dead. According to PTI, local authorities had ruled out foul play in this case.

Another Indian student, identified as Neel Acharya at Purdue University, Indiana, was confirmed dead days after being reported missing on January 28.

Akul B Dhawan, an 18-year-old at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, was found dead last month with signs of hypothermia.

Indian Embassy’s Response After Attacks On Students In US

In response to the series of attacks, officials from the Indian Embassy in Washington and its consulates across the US conducted a virtual interaction with Indian students. The session, led by Charge d’Affaires Ambassador Sripriya Ranganathan, aimed to address student well-being and discuss ways to stay connected with the larger Indian diaspora. About 150 Indian Student Association office bearers and students from 90 US universities participated in the interaction, which was attended by Consul Generals from various Indian consulates, as per the report.

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