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Arrest warrant issued against Indian techie

Authorities have issued a three-count arrest warrant against an unemployed NRI computer programmer who allegedly killed his wife and two children brutally in their home in Detroit in the US.

world Updated: Nov 04, 2008 12:00 IST

Authorities have issued a three- count arrest warrant against an unemployed Indian-American computer programmer who allegedly killed his wife and two children brutally in their home in Novi in Detroit in the US.

A three-count arrest warrant for first-degree murder was issued on Monday for Lakshminivasa Rao Nerusu (42) in the October 27 murder of his wife and two children.

The bodies of Rao's wife 37-year-old Jayalakshmi and children 14-year-old Tejasvi and 12-year-old Siva Kumar were found in a pool of blood with massive head and neck injuries on the first floor of the family's two-story apartment.

The three had defencive wounds on their arms and hands as if they attempted to fend off blows, police had said.

Rao's whereabouts remain unknown, but investigators have confirmed he left the United States shortly after the incident. Novi police are working with several national and international law enforcement agencies to find him, The Detroit News reported.

Conviction in the case carries an automatic penalty of life in prison without parole.

Earlier, Novi Police Chief David Molloy had said that an "international man-hunt has been launched to nab him".

The incident came barely three weeks after another unemployed NRI Karthik Rajaram (45) allegedly killed his wife, three sons and mother-in-law before fatally shooting himself after suffering huge losses in the stock market collapse in Los Angeles.

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