By Omer Farooq, TwoCircles.net,
Hyderabad: In the continuing spate of violent crimes against the students from Andhra Pradesh in the United States, one more post graduate student was killed by the unknown assailants at her apartments in Seattle.
The family members of 24 year old Aparna Jinaga in Hyderabad said that they came to know about the murder of the girl only today after they alerted some of their relatives in Seattle that there was no response on Aparna’s phone for the last four days.
Relatives of Aparna said that the Seattle police informed them that she was murdered on the night of Friday itself and her dead body was found lying in her apartments.
The news of the murder of Aparna came as a bolt out of the blue and drowned her parents and other family members in shock and gloom. Father of Aparna, Prof B C Jinaga in Jawaharlal Nehru Technology University and head of School of Information Technology, was stunned and dazed after hearing about the death of his daughter.
After completing her engineering at a college in Hyderabad, Aparna had gone to the United States to pursue the post graduation in IT field. She had also secured impressive rank in a competitive test conducted by Microsoft and was working in an IT company while studying the MS, the family sources said.
Aparna was so brilliant and top of the class in her field that she was one of only twenty top experts in the field of embedded technologies. She was the only student from Asia to make it to the list of Microsoft in chip related technologies.
Aparna’s murder has come as yet another big blow to the parents of thousands of students from Andhra Pradesh who are studying in the United States. It is fifth such incident in which the post graduate students from the state were killed in the US. Soumya Reddy, a MS student and her cousin were killed in September in Chicago.
Two Ph D students from the state Chandrasekhara Reddy and Kiran Kumar Allam were killed in Louisiana University in December last year while Dr A Srinivas was found dead in Pennsylvania University in March this year. The US police arrested a group of black youth, with past criminal record in connection with the murder of the two PhD students in their hostel room.