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Indian student shot dead in US

Hitendra Thakur (22), a student of medicine in Pennsylvania, was killed by some Afro-Asian youths.

india Updated: May 30, 2006 13:00 IST

A 23-year-old medical student hailing from Himachal Pradesh was allegedly shot dead by some Afro-Asian youths in the American state of Pennsylvania, his family said on Sunday.

Hitendra Thakur, a student of medicine at the Harrisburg Area Community College in Pennsylvania, worked part-time at a departmental store owned by an Indian, Hoshiar Singh.

"We were informed about the killing by a friend of his," said Khem Singh Thakur, the father of Hitendra, who went to the US four years ago.

"Killing an innocent foreigner in a free country like America is highly shameful indeed," said the grieving father.

The body is expected to reach Hitendra's hometown Mandi by Monday.

First Published: May 30, 2006 13:00 IST