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Indian American in Virginia Tech probe panel

  • PTI, Washington
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  • Updated: Apr 23, 2007 02:19 IST
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    Virginia Tech student Barry Rittmann, 21, is shown during a vigil held at the Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church on Monday, April 16, 2007 in Blacksburg. ...

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    Injured occupants are carried out of Norris Hall at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg on Monday, April 16, 2007. A gunman opened fire in a classroom ...

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    An unidentified man is restrained during a manhunt on the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg.

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    An unidentified person is carried out of Norris Hall at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg on Monday, April 16, 2007, after a shooting incident. A gunman ...

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    Students gather in front of the War Memorial to mourn their fellow students on Monday, April 16, 2007 in Blacksburg.

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    Virginia Tech alumni Jennifer Wilsie (R) and her husband Ross (L) embrace during a prayer service in Blacksburg on Monday, April 16, 2007. A gunman ...

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    Mary Ellen Fowler hugs Virginia Tech freshman Matt Malagavi, a friend of her son Ryan near Norris Hall, the site of a shooting on the ...

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    People pray during a prayer service for Virginia Tech students at Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church in Blacksburg on Monday, April 16, 2007. A gunman opened ...

An Indian American psychiatrist is part of a panel set up to review circumstances that led to the massacre of 33 people at the Virginia Tech university last week.

Virginia Governor Timothy M Kaine has appointed psychiatrist Aradhana Sood, among others, to review the tragic killings at Virginia Tech, in Blacksburg town, in which an Indian professor and an Indian student also died.

Sood is the chair of child and adolescent psychiatry and the medical director of the Virginia Treatment Centre for Children, according to News India Times, an ethnic Indian newspaper.

"This panel will provide a thoughtful analysis of the circumstances leading up to, during and immediately after Monday's (April 16) horrible events," Kaine said.

The shooting rampage at Virginia Tech by a mentally unstable student has prompted new calls for tighter US gun laws and gun control. The incident also led to wide condemnation of US 'gun culture' by foreign observers.

Apart from Sood, the review panel, which will be led by retired Virginia state police superintendent Gerald Massengill, will also include former US secretary of homeland security Tom Ridge.

Sood received her medical degree in 1980 from Jiwaji University in India's Madhya Pradesh state.

 

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