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A PIO doctoral student found dead & an IT pupil attacked in US

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NEW YORK: A 23-year-old who was pursuing a doctoral degree at Indiana-based Purdue University has been found dead, taking the number of Indian-origin students killed in the US to five since the start of this year.
In another incident of violence against Indians, an IT student from Hyderabad was attacked near his house in Chicago.
US citizen Sameer Kamath, a doctoral candidate in mechanical engineering, was found dead at a nature preserve in Warren county on Monday. An autopsy is yet to be carried out.
With Kamath’s death, five Indian students have died in the US since the start of this year, including another Purdue student Neel Acharya.
Meawhile, on Feb 4, Indian IT student Syed Mazahir Ali was chased and brutally attacked by unidentified men in Chicago. In videos posted on social media, Ali was seen with a bloodied nose and face. Ali, who moved to the US from Hyderabad six months ago, told ABC7 Eyewitness News that one of the attackers pointed a gun at him. “I came here to fulfil my dreams. The incident gave me trauma,” he told the channel. Video surveillance shows Ali walking to his home at night when three men chase him. He was punched in the eye and hit on the face, ribs and back. Ali is pursuing Masters in information technology (IT) from Indiana Wesleyan University.

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