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Slain Andhra students cremated

india Updated: Dec 24, 2007 01:26 IST
Ashok Das
Ashok Das
Hindustan Times
Slain Andhra students cremated

The bodies of two students, who were shot dead in Louisiana University in US, were cremated at their native places in Andhra Pradesh on Sunday.

Unidentified assailants in an apartment inside the campus killed Komma Chandrasekhar Reddy and Allam Kiran Kumar, who had been pursuing PhDs in Lousiana, on December 14.

The bodies were brought here by a flight from Louisiana on Saturday night.

A large number of family members and friends besides officials of the state protocol department were present to receive the bodies on Saturday. The family members of the two deceased, who went to Louisiana on hearing the tragic news, also returned.

Family sources expressed disappointment with the slow progress of police investigations at Louisiana but hoped that the culprits would soon be brought to book so as to instill confidence among other Indians studying there. The police at Louisiana has released the sketches of two suspects and announced a reward of $5000 for any information regarding the assailants.

Kiran Kumar, who is the son of Telugu short story writer Allam Rajaiah completed his M.Sc from Osmania University and moved to LSU four years ago to do PhD in organic chemistry. “Four years ago I was here to see him off. Now, as cruel fate would have it, I am receiving his dead body,” said the inconsolable father.

“Light has gone out of our lives,” was all Sambasiva Reddy, father of Chandrsekhar Reddy said and added: “We were all sure that he would scale great heights. He was very practical and always wanted the fruits of his research to reach the common man.”

“My son had switched over from horticulture to biochemistry to study the identification of protein makers in the breast cancer for his PhD.

“His work has been completed and was appraised by experts, who declared him a potential researcher on November 27, 2007,” he recalled.

However, the family members are unhappy at the shoddy manner the issue of shifting the body to India was handled. “Both the State Government and the US authorities had failed to pay the charges to shift the body from the US,” alleged slain researcher’s brother-in-law B Krishna Reddy.

(With PTI inputs)