A 40-year-old Andhra woman and her six-year-old son were found dead in their New Jersey home on Thursday. In the last two months this is the third such incident of such brutal killings involving people of Indian origin. However, prosecutors in a release disputed media reports that it was a hate crime connected to their Indian origin.
In New Delhi, on Friday, the external affairs ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay in his weekly media briefing said the government was still awaiting details of the unfortunate incident. “We are in touch with the US authorities who are trying to ascertain the details in the matter,” he said.
The husband, Narra Hanumantha Rao who is also a techie, alerted the police when he found Sasikala, and their son, Anish with their throats slit, upon returning home in Maple Shade in New Jersey from state. According to Prasad Thotakura, an Indian-American community leader, Rao allegedly found his wife and child “in a pool of blood” and “with their throats slit”.
Sasikala was software professional and worked from home. She had picked up her son from school earlier in the day and returned home. Investigators said the husband found his wife and son killed around 9pm after returning from work. The techie couple had been living in the US for the last 12 years.
Police said the deaths were being investigated as homicides, the report said: “Contrary to some media reports, at this point there is no indication that this is a hate crime connected to the fact that the victims are of Indian origin.”
Joel Bewley the Public Information Officer at the prosecutor’s office emphasised that there was no information indicating the incident was motivated by any kind of bias.
But Sasikala’s parents, Venkateshwarlu and Krishna Kumari who live in Andhra Pradesh suspected foul play. They alleged that Hanumantha Rao was not treating their daughter well for the past two years, and he was also involved in an extramarital affair. They said Hanumantha Rao called them just to say that his wife and son had died and did not say anything more.
A criminal investigation has been launched into the case and US Police are looking into motives behind the murder, including the possibilities of any foul play.