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Slain students laid to rest

Hyderabad, Dec. 23: The bodies of the two Indian students murdered on the Louisiana State University campus were laid to rest today.

Allam Kiran Kumar and Komma Chandrasekhar Reddy were killed on the night of December 13 at a university apartment complex.

Their bodies were brought to Hyderabad early yesterday morning.

The last rites of Chandrasekhar, the son of a retired forest officer, were conducted at his hometown, Kalluru.

MP K. Suryaprakash Reddy and other local leaders paid tributes to the student.

Kiran’s body was consigned to the flames at Mancherial in Adilabad. His father Rajaiah, a retired teacher and a Telugu writer, lives there with his second son.

Chandrasekhar’s elder brother Vishwanatha said the bodies were handed over to the families after post-mortem.

There were three bullets in Chandrasekhar’s body — in the head, in the abdomen and in his lungs. “He was shot at close range while another assailant pinned him down,” he said, quoting the post-mortem report.

Two bullets had been fired at Kiran, the report revealed. He was also tied with computer cables and thrashed with iron rods.

Kiran’s parents and his pregnant wife flew down with his body yesterday. Chandrasekhar’s body was brought by his wife Kalpana and her father.

Chandrasekhar’s father Sambashiv Reddy expressed unhappiness with the “inordinate delay” in sending the bodies over and in carrying out a probe. “Though an Indian (Bobby Jindal) is going to be the governor of Louisiana, the investigation is going on at a snail’s pace and the culprits are still at large,” he said.

Although the FBI has taken up the investigation, there appear to be no fresh clues or progress in the case, he said.

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