Bhubaneswar: Two days after an Indian student, K Sheshadri Rao, was allegedly shot dead by an unidentified assailant at the Boston University, his family claims it was a hate crime. While investigations are still underway into the murder, his mother, who spoke to Sheshadri on the phone barely 24 hours before his murder, is inconsolable.
"We send our children to US to study and this is what is done to them. I want that the killer should be caught immediately and harshest punishment be given," K Bijaylaxmi says.
The Indian Consul in New York, PK Bajaj, is in Boston to enquire into the incident.
Seshadri's father, however, maintains that his son was a victim of hate crime against Indians.
"There is no safety there. I am also not getting any help or information from the American government or the Odisha government on this," he says.
Though the parents allege hate crime against Indian students in America being the reason behind the killing of their son, the ongoing investigations have so far not suggested so.
A letter sent by Boston University to Seshadri's father says that the Boston Police is leading the investigation and as any more information becomes available, the family would be informed.
Meanwhile, the parents of Seshadri are desperately waiting for his body to arrive in India. The process, however, is a tedious one, says the Executive Vice President of the Telugu Association of North America. "The body has been released. But the procedure to ship a body out of the USA is a tedious one. It takes a long time, but we have had help from the Indian Consulate. Usually this process takes about 10 days," he says.