In yet another instance of campus killing of an Indian student abroad, a 23-year-old Indian postgraduate girl from Vijayawada was found dead in her room in Handsworth, a suburb of Birmingham, on Tuesday night.
Jyotirmayee Nagasaibabu was pursuing an MS degree in Health Sciences at the University of Wolverhampton. She had joined the course on a scholarship in September 2007 after completing a Bachelor’s degree in Physiotherapy in Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh.
Three girls reportedly shared the apartment, and one of them had left for work while Jyotirmayee and her colleague were in the apartment. A man was also found at the scene with serious injuries; he is said to be in a stable condition in hospital.
The cause of her death or injuries to the man has not been revealed, but police have initiated house-to-house inquiries at the scene. The West Midlands police said forensic tests were being carried out at the property and a post-mortem examination would be carried out on the body later.
“Though we are poor, we sold some ancestral property to organise funds to send her to the UK. I wanted her to excel in life,” sobbed her father, Naga Saibabu. In a recent letter to her parents Jyotirmayee had promised to return for a visit later this year for which she was saving money.
“We got a call saying that Jyotirmayee had been found dead and that her roommate was critically injured. We haven’t received any calls or messages after that,” said Jyotirmayee’s uncle, Mallikarjuna Rao.
Meanwhile, Minister of State for External Affairs Anand Sharma has written to the Indian High Commission in London to extend all possible help. Chief Minister Dr Y.S. Rajasekhar Reddy directed state officials to make necessary arrangements in consultation with the Ministry of External affairs to get Jyotirmayee’s body to Vijayawada soon.