Space scientist from Andhra Pradesh found dead in Spain

February 15th, 2009 - 4:35 pm ICT by IANS  

Hyderabad, Feb 15 (IANS) A space scientist from Andhra Pradesh was found dead under suspicious circumstances at his house in Spain.

Yarlagadda Sidhartha, 26, an aeronautical engineer from Nizamabad district in Telangana region, was working at a space research centre in Madrid.

Sidhartha’s friend informed his parents Friday that he was found dead in his apartment. The reasons for his death and the day on which the body was found are still not known.

An alumnus of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)-Chennai, Sidhartha did his B.Tech in aeronautical engineering. He did his masters in Germany and joined GMB, a space research centre in Madrid, about one-and-a-half years ago.

The death of their second son has come as a rude shock to Y. Sambasiva Rao and Akkineni Sujata, the doctor couple who run a hospital in Nizamabad town, 150 km from here.

“We don’t know how this happened. We have no information from authorities. All we know is that our son is no more,” said a shell-shocked Sambasiva Rao said Sunday.

“We were waiting for his arrival to attend his cousin’s marriage. He had even booked flight tickets for March 1,” said Rao.

A professor from IIT Chennai informed him that Sidhartha was seriously injured. He then called up Sidhartha’s friends in Madrid who told him that he was found dead in his apartment.

Madrid police shifted the body for autopsy and were investigating the cause of the death.

GMB officials offered to arrange for visa for Sambasiva Rao to facilitate his journey to Madrid to receive the body. He, however, requested the authorities to make arrangements for sending the body at the earliest.

Sidhartha’s elder brother Y. Sandeep, who works in the US, is also rushing to Madrid to receive the body and complete other formalities.

Sidhartha’s death under suspicious circumstances has come close on the heels of the killing of Rudraraju Sudheer Kumar, a mechanical engineer from Andhra Pradesh, in Atlanta in the US.

Kumar, 31, an engineer with Toyota Motors, was found murdered in his flat earlier this month.

As many as nine students and techies from Andhra Pradesh were killed in the US during last 15 months.

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