Indian government bemoans Kansas death

New Delhi: India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has condoled with the family of an Indian student who was killed during an attempted robbery in Kansas City in the US.

According to authorities in Kansas, Sharath Koppu, who hails from Telangana, was fatally shot at a restaurant where he worked. He died shortly after being taken to hospital on July 6.

“Kansas incident – My heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family. We will follow this up with the police and provide all assistance to the family,” Sushma tweeted on July 9.

“I have spoken to Sharath’s father Ram Mohan Reddy in Hyderabad to convey our heartfelt condolences. We have offered that in case a family member wishes to go to Kansas, we will facilitate the US visa. Else we will bring the mortal remains at the earliest,” she said in another tweet.

Koppu, 25, from Telangana was a software engineer who went to the US in January to pursue a master’s degree.

Kansas City police have announced a $10,000 reward for information leading to the suspect.

The Telangana government on July 8 assured the family of Koppu that it would take all steps to bring back his body at the earliest.

The family had met Telangana DGP M. Mahendar Reddy the previous day.

“Last night the DGP called me up and informed me about the demise (of my son). The regional passport officer also assured of getting immediate passport and making other arrangements. My son-in-law is there…,” an inconsolable Ram Mohan said.


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