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US: Slain engineer's body being sent to India

As police investigated the murder of a software engineer from Hyderabad in the US, the Indian consulate in Houston sent an official to Little Rock, Arkansas to help arrange the transfer of the body to India.

world Updated: Jan 16, 2009 10:20 IST

As police investigated the murder of a software engineer from Hyderabad in the US, the Indian consulate in Houston sent an official to Little Rock, Arkansas to help arrange the transfer of the body to India.

The body of Akshay Vishal, an employee of fraud-hit Satyam Computer Services Limited who was on contract with US company Jet Falcon, has been sent for autopsy. His company has also undertaken to send the body back to India.

Indian officials are in touch with Vishal's family, his company and the authorities. A consul from the Indian consulate in Houston is expected to reach Little Rock where the incident took place to coordinate with the local authorities.

The 26-year-old engineer was allegedly shot by some unidentified gunmen on Tuesday while he was getting into a car. Profusely bleeding, he was rushed to a hospital but succumbed to his injuries.

Vishal is the seventh person from Andhra Pradesh to be killed in the US since December 2007.