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Andhra girl found dead in Seattle

india Updated: Nov 05, 2008 01:37 IST
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A woman student from Andhra Pradesh was found murdered in the US by unidentified persons. This is the fifth case of a post-graduate student from the state being killed under mysterious circumstances in that country over the past year.

Arpana Jinaga (24), pursuing her MS degree at Seattle, was killed sometime on Friday evening (US time), family sources said on Tuesday.

The tragedy came to light three days after the crime and an investigation has begun, they said. The motive for the murder was not immediately known.

Jinaga, who completed her engineering from a city-based private engineering college in 2005, was working as a software engineer and simultaneously pursuing MS. She is among the top 20 professionals of embedded systems in the world, the sources said.

Jinaga’s father, BC Jinaga, is a professor at the Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University here and heads the School of Information Technology.

The murder of Jinaga comes close on the heels of a string of murders of students of Indian origin from Andhra Pradesh.
Soumya Reddy, a post-graduate student, was killed by an unidentified assailant in Chicago in September this year.

Another post-graduate medical student A Srinivas was found murdered in Pennsylvania in March while A Kirankumar and K Chandrasekhar Reddy — both PhD students — were shot dead at Louisiana University in December 2007.