Abhijeet Mahato’s body will reach Ranchi on Wednesday, Union Minister of State for Food Processing Subodh Kant Sahai has said.
The 29-year-old was found shot dead in his apartment in North Carolina on January 20. He was doing his PhD in Duke University in the US.
Sahai, who was in touch with the US embassy through the External Affairs Ministry, said he had apprised officials of the Mahato family’s trials because of the uncertainty regarding when his body would be brought to Jamshedpur, Jharkhand.
Sahai also dashed off a letter to the Indian embassy in Washington.
Abhijeet is the grandson of freedom fighter and former legislator Dhananjay Mahato.
Former students of Jadavpur University, Kolkata, studying or working at North Carolina, will be among the hundreds of Indians expected to attend a condolence meeting in Duke on Wednesday. Indian students in at least 10 other American universities would hold condolence meetings on their campuses simultaneously.
Dhananjay said he got some calls this morning from Abhijeet’s Jadavpur friends. “We are expecting a call from the US tonight. Things would get clear only after we manage to speak to Swapan Majumdar, Abhijeet’s local guardian,” he said.
“My son was soft spoken and cordial. His friends never found him doing anything worthless. We cannot believe that someone can shoot him over anything. It is unbelievable,” said father Sitaram.