Indian techie murdered in US cremated in Andhra Pradesh

November 9th, 2008 - 8:49 pm ICT by IANS  

Hyderabad, Nov 9 (IANS) Arpana Jinaga, the techie from Hyderabad who was found murdered at her apartment in Seattle, US, was cremated here Sunday with family and friends bidding a tearful adieu.Her body was flown in here in the early hours of the day and taken to her house in Shaikpet. Her parents, sister and other family members broke down on seeing the body.

A large number of friends and well wishers paid homage to Arpana at the community hall where her body was kept for some time.

Arpana, 24, was found murdered in her apartment in Redmond, a suburb of Seattle, Monday. The police said the software engineer, working with the EMC Corporation in Seattle, was strangulated three days ago.

The motive for the crime or the identity of the assailants is still unknown.

Arpana, who left for the US in 2005, completed her M.S. in embedded systems from Rutger’s State University in New Jersey and had recently taken up the job of a software engineer in EMC Corporation in Seattle.

Her father B.C. Jinaga is director of School of Information Technology at Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University here.

Jinaga, who hails from Gadag in Karnataka but is settled here since 1990, is a distant relative of Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa.

Arpana is the fifth student from Andhra Pradesh to be killed in the US under mysterious circumstances in less than a year.

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