7 Feb 2024

Indian IT Student Brutally Attacked in US: Another Shocking Incident Raises Concerns

In a recent alarming event, an Indian IT student faced a brutal assault by unidentified assailants near his residence in Chicago, USA. Syed Mazahir Ali, the victim, was pursued by three men on the night of February 4, as depicted in a video circulating on social media.

A separate video shared on X captures Ali with a bloodied nose, a battered face, and bloodstains on his clothes, narrating the harrowing experience. The Indian consulate in Chicago has reached out to local authorities overseeing the investigation into the case.

Ali, who relocated from Hyderabad to the US approximately six months ago for his Masters in information technology at Indiana Wesleyan University, recounted that one of the attackers brandished a gun during the assault. Surveillance footage reveals Ali walking home at night with a packet when the assailants began their chase.

The attackers subjected Ali to punches in the eye and blows to the face, ribs, and back. He was subsequently taken to a local hospital, where he received treatment for multiple cuts and bruises, according to an ABC7 report.

Incident gave me trauma

Expressing his distress, Ali stated, “America has been my dream country, and I came here to fulfill my dreams and pursue my Masters. The incident gave me trauma.”

As of now, the police have not apprehended any suspects, and the investigation remains ongoing. The Consulate General of India in Chicago assured all possible assistance to Ali and his wife, Syeda Ruquiya Fatima Razvi, who is in India. The consulate has also liaised with local authorities involved in the case.

In a related development, Ali’s wife has sought assistance from External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar to travel to the US with their three minor children.

25-year-old Indian student was fatally attacked 

This incident follows closely on the heels of the tragic death of 25-year-old Indian student Vivek Saini, who was fatally attacked with a hammer by a homeless drug addict in Lithonia city, Georgia. Other recent cases involving Indian students, such as the mysterious death of Shreyas Reddy Beniger in Ohio and the tragic loss of Neel Acharya at Purdue University, Indiana, highlight growing concerns about the safety of Indian students in the United States.

Additionally, the discovery of the dead body of Akul B Dhawan at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign last month, exhibiting signs of hypothermia, further underscores the need for heightened attention to the well-being and security of international students in the US.

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