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Indian engineering student shot dead in US

Unidentified assailants have shot dead a 26-year-old Indian software engineering student at a grocery store where he was working as a part-time employee in the US.



Washington: Unidentified assailants have
shot dead a 26-year-old Indian software engineering student at
a grocery store where he was working as a part-time employee
in the US.

Arun Kumar Narote, who hails from Hyderabad, was
gunned down Monday night at the grocery store at Bridgeport in
Connecticut where he was working as a part-time employee.

A MS (software engineering) student at Stratford
University in Virginia, Narote came to the US after earning
his B.Tech from Indra Reddy Memorial Engineering College in
Hyderabad.

Likely to graduate with MS in couple of months, he
lived in Bridgeport. He attended Stratford University in
weekends and had been working part time jobs in Cambridge,
Connecticut to support his educational expenses, said the
Telugu Association of North America.

According to preliminary reports, two masked men
walked in to "Norman Grocery Store" in Bridgeport, where Arun
Kumar was working as a store clerk, robbed the cash and shot
him in the head though there was no resistance found.

Police are still investigating the case for further
details.

He is survived by parents Dhondiba Rao (a retired
Teacher), mother Sakhuntala and elder brothers Avinash, Amar
and elder sister. His family lives in Karwan area in
Hyderabad.

"This is a very unfortunate incident though Arun Kumar
was working from a Bullet proof cabin, one of the thieves
jumped in to the cabin through a gap, robbed the cash and shot
him in the head though he was not resisting and willing to
give away the whole cash register," said Prasad Thotakura of
the Telugu Association on North America.

"We can understand the financial stress that these
students face to support their education and living expenses
but certainly these types of places to be avoided and
shouldn`t put their lives at risk," said Thotakura, who is
working with the Cambridge Police Department, Indian Consulate
Office and Funeral Home to expedite the process.

Jayaram Komati, TANA President, expressed his deepest
condolences on behalf of TANA to Narote family and appreciated
TANA Team Square volunteers for their immediate action to help
the family.

The local Connecticut Post said this was Bridgeport`s
13th homicide victim this year, surpassing last year`s total
of 12 homicides.

"He was living here with friends and working in the
small grocery store to earn money for school," Police Capt.
James Viadero, was quoted as saying.

No arrest has been made so far.

PTI

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