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Indian student stabs professor in NY

22-year-old Nikhil Dhar from Kolkata pleaded not guilty to the charges of armed assault with intent of murder.

india Updated: Dec 24, 2005 13:12 IST

An Indian student studying in Massachusetts has been held without bail pending hearing after he allegedly stabbed his assistant professor in the neck.

In the appearance at District Court in Cambridge in Massachusetts state, 22-year-old science student Nikhil Dhar from Kolkata, pleaded not guilty to the charges of armed assault with the intent of murder and battery with a dangerous weapon.

His victim Mary Elizabeth, 54, was admitted in intensive care but is expected to survive. She was stabbed by Dhar on Thursday night at her home, 30 km from the campus after being dragged out, according to a version.

Elizabeth was quoted as saying that Dhar wanted to talk to her about his poor grades. The neighbours called the police when they saw the scuffle and a 21-year army reservist Carlos Madden chased Dhar and kept him cornered till the police arrived and took him into custody. Police recovered the knife from the scene.

According to the police report, Dhar said that he had followed her as this was the last chance to talk to her about grades because the semester was ending.

He alleged that he had not brought the knife with him and that she came out with it as she might have thought him to be a burglar.

A media report quoted Dhar's attorney Stephen Hrones as saying that it was a "complicated case" with two sides.

Dhar, whose hearing comes up on Wednesday, is on a student visa. His mother is a middle school teacher in New York and his father a research scientist in India, police said.

First Published: Dec 24, 2005 09:07 IST