Telangana student shot dead in US

Kansas City, July 8: A 26-year-old Indian student from Telangana was shot dead inside a restaurant here in the US state of Missouri by a suspected robber. Sharath Koppu, who was pursuing his Masters degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UKMC), was shot on Friday evening at J’s Fish and Chicken Market where he was working as a part-time employee, The Kansas City Star newspaper reported.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Sunday condoled the death, saying: “We will follow this up with the police and provide all assistance to the family.” The Kansas City Police has released a brief video of the suspect inside the restaurant moments before the shooting and asked for people’s assistance in identifying him. The suspect pulled out a gun and shot Koppu on his back. He died after being taken to a hospital. Koppu, who was a software engineer, came to the US in January.

Meanwhile, the Telangana government on Sunday announced that it was making arrangements to bring Koppu’s body back to Hyderabad within two days. The state government was in touch the Ministry of External Affairs and the Indian Embassy in the US, according to Rao. The UKMC also issued a statement condoling Koppu’s death. The incident comes a year after another Hyderabad techie, Srinivas Kuchibhotla, 32, was killed in a race-triggered attack at a bar also in Kansas City on February 22, 2017. (IANS)