Telugu Techie, Her Son Murdered In New Jersey

Hyderabad: Sasikala, a 40-year old software professional and her 7-year old son belonging to Prakasam district in Andhra Pradesh were found murdered at their home in New Jersey in the US on Thursday, March 23.

Narra Hanumantha Rao and his wife Sasikala, both software engineers, hailing from Thimmarajupalem village of Paruchur mandal in Prakasam district, had moved to USA 12 years back. While Hanumantha Rao is employed in a software firm, his wife used to work from home.

When Hanumantha Rao returned home after work on Thursday evening he found his wife and his little son Anish Sai in a pool of blood with their throats slit. Rao called the police who began investigations into the gruesome double murder.

On receipt of information TDP legislator from Paruchuru V. Sambasiva Rao immediately called up TANA members for more information. Sambasiva Rao requested them to extend all the help needed by Hanumantha Rao. The MLA also brought the incident to the notice of AP Chief Minister N.Chandrababu Naidu, who expressed shock over the incident.

The motive is not yet know. There is no information if it is a hate crime. This is the fifth incidents involved NG NRIs living in America. This the third murder of Telugu software professional and first female to be killed. Police are planning to question Hanumantha Rao also in their attempt to probe from all angles.

Earlier a young techie from Hanumakonda, Vamsi Reddy was shot dead near his apartment in California. Later on February 22, Srinivas Kuchibhotla, an Engineer, was slain in a hate crime while his friend Alok Madasani was injured in the shooting incident at Austin Bar and Grill in Olathe of Kansas City. In the same incident an American Ian Gillot was also injured. Two days after the Kansas City shooting incident, a Gujarati store owner Harnish Patel was gunned down near his house in South Carolina.

Chief Ministers of AP and Telangana N. Chandrababu Naidu and K. Chandrasekhar Rao appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to take up the issue of safety and protection of the Telugus in US with Trump administration.

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