When Akkaldevi Srinivas left for United States in 2002 armed with a MBBS degree, he had promised his family and relatives that he would come back and set up a modern hospital in his native Korutla, a small town in backward Telengana region, which lacked modern healthcare facilities.
The dream was shattered as Srinivas (27) was found murdered at Scranton, Pennsylvania, where he was doing his MD in Internal medicine under the Scranton-Temple Residency programme.
Srinivas’s sister and brother-in-law are both doctors settled in USA and his mother is currently staying with them. They gave the tragic news to his father Garage Anjiah and brother Ravinder, who are in Andhra Pradesh.
“I was informed that his body was found in a pool of blood in his apartment and it bore several stab injuries. I am waiting for more details,” his father said. Ravinder, a software engineer, said they have no information either from friends or from police in US about the motive of the crime or the identity of the assailants.
He said Srinivas’s family members who are in USA, as well as his friends, are interacting with officials to complete formalities before getting the body home for the funeral. The funeral would take place at Korutla, most likely at the place abutting the National Highway where Srinivas wanted to set up the hospital.
Srinivas was a good student and graduated in medicine from the Gandhi Medical College in the city in 1995. After acquiring experience for a few years, he left for US. He was expected to visit India during April/May and had agreed to see some girls, shortlisted by the family, for getting married. With media chasing him, a distraught Anjiah had locked the house at Korutla and left for Medak, where some of his relatives stay.
State government sources said that they are in touch with the external affairs ministry and the Indian Embassy in Washington, to expedite the process of getting the body to India.
The latest murder comes three months after two PhD students from Andhra Pradesh, Komma Chandrasekhar Reddy and Allam Kiran Kumar were killed in Baton Rouge at Louisiana State University. Another student from Jharkand, Abhijit Mahato, was also shot dead in his apartment in North Carolina last month.