Odisha student pursuing MBA degree shot dead in US

Last Updated: Sat, Apr 21, 2012 19:01 hrs

Boston: A management student from Odisha was shot dead in the US on Thursday night, his family said on Saturday.

However, the police said they are yet to find out if it was a racial attack or a hate crime.

Twenty four old K. Seshadri Rao's body was recovered from Allston Street at around 2.40 am with bullet injuries near Boston University, where he was pursuing his graduation.

The youth, who was from Jeypore village of Odisha, was shot in the head and leg, said The Boston Globe.

The Indian consulate in New York informed his father Sudhakar Rao, who said his son was "murdered over jealousy".

"My son was extremely good at studies. He didn't have any problems with anyone. He did not have any bad habit. He was murdered out of jealously," Sudhakar said.

Meanwhile, the Boston Police have stepped up patrolling along Allston Street after they found the body of the Graduate School of Management student about a mile from campus.

"We have added patrols for the neighborhood and detectives continue to look for clues in this tragic incident," Boston Police Captain James Hussey was quoted as saying by the Boston University (BU) website.

No arrests have been made in the case, which is being investigated by the Boston Police Department and the Boston University Police Department, said the BU website.

"Our prayers go out to the family and friends of the student," said BU President Robert A. Brown. "We are all deeply saddened by his death."

Brown, who sent a letter expressing his concern to the BU community, said he has asked Dean of Students Kenneth Elmore to provide support to any member of the community who needs it.

"This appears to be an isolated incident," said Brown. "I want to assure all students, whether they live on campus or off campus, that public safety is a priority for this institution."

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