Hyderabad: A 40-year old woman and her seven year old belonging to Prakasam district in Andhra Pradesh were found murdered at their home in New Jersey of United States of America on Thursday March 23, according to reports reaching here.
Narra Hanumantha Rao and his wife Sasikala, both software engineers, hailing from Thimmarajupalem of Parchur in Prakasam district, had moved to USA nine years back. While Hanumantha Rao is employed in a software firm, his wife used to work from home. They have a son Anish Sai (7). Hanumantha Rao was stated to have returned in the evening from office and found both his wife and son lying in a pool of blood with their throats slit. He immediately alerted the police who began investigations into the cause of the gruesome double murder.
On receipt of information TDP legislator from Prakasam district V. Sambasiva Rao immediately contacted TANA representatives and requested them to find out more details about the incident and also provide all the needed assistance to Hanumantha Rao. The MLA also brought the incident to the notice of AP Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu, who conveyed his shock over the incident.
The latest incident is the fifth one in a series of attacks on Indians settled in USA. Though the motive behind the double murder in New Jersey is yet to be ascertained, this the third incident involving IT professionals belonging to two Telugu states. Earlier a young techie from Hanumakonda, Vamsi Reddy was shot dead near his apartment in California. Later on February 22 Aeronautical Engineer Srinivas Kuchibotla was shot and killed while is colleague 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. Again after two days of this shooting incident, a Gujarati store owner Harnish Patel was gunned down very near his house in South Carolina. Again on March 3, a 39year old Sikh Deep Rai was critically wounded in a shooting incident at Kent in Seattle of Washington State. And now in the latest incident a woman software engineer and her son were brutally murdered.
While the police are investigating into the reasons behind the murder of mother and son, the Telugus in both AP and Telangana States are now a worried lot due to the series of incidents, especially after Donald Trump became the President of USA.. Many families are learnt to have been putting pressure on their children, either working or studying in different parts of US, to return back at the earliest opportunity. Both the Chief Ministers, N. Chandrababu Naidu and K. Chandrasekhar Rao, have been impressing upon Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to take the issue of safety and protection of the Telugus in US.