No clues about Indian student’s suicide in US

March 5th, 2008 - 10:19 am ICT by admin  

New York, March 5 (IANS) An Indian student found dead in the US state of Pennsylvania had committed suicide and was not murdered, the police have said. However, the reason why he would take his own life is not yet clear. Akkaladevi Srinivas, 29, was found dead Saturday in a pool of blood with stab wounds to his neck. He was a second year internal medicine post-graduate student as part of the Scranton-Temple Residency Programme (STRP) at Mercy Hospital in Scranton town in northeast Pennsylvania.

“It is not a case of homicide, but suicide,” Detective Pat Tobin of Scranton police department told IANS.

The coroner’s office in Scranton confirmed the suicide but gave no further details.

Pardeep Bansal, Srinivas’s friend and fellow STRP resident in internal medicine, said Srinivas’s body was found in his apartment and knife wounds indicated several attempts to kill himself.

According to Bansal, Srinivas was estimated to have died a couple of days before his body was found by friends who came to check on him. Finding the apartment locked, they called the police.

“A note found scribbled on a mirror in Srinivas’ apartment said he was taking his own life,” Bansal told IANS.

But the reason Srinivas, who was unmarried and lived alone, committed suicide is not clear, he said.

“His friends noticed no signs of depression in him. The reason was certainly not professional, nor was it girlfriend related,” Bansal added.

About 50 people, mainly residents from the STRP programme, attended a memorial for Srinivas Tuesday at a funeral home where his body was kept.

The deceased student’s sister lives in Cincinnati and her husband had come to Scranton after hearing about his death.

However, Bansal could not tell if the student’s body would be flown to India.

Srinivas’s family in Karimnagar, Andhra Pradesh, came to know about his death Sunday.

He had gone to the US for higher studies in 2002 after finishing his MBBS from Gandhi Medical College, Hyderabad. Srinivas had come to Scranton after finishing his MS degree.

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