Neel Acharya, an Indian student studying at Purdue University in the US was found dead on Sunday, hours after he was reported missing by his mother.
According to the Tippecanoe County Coroner’s Office, officials were called around 11:30 am on Sunday to 500 Allison Road in West Lafayette for a possible dead body. Upon arrival, a “college-aged male” was found dead on Purdue’s campus.
The student was identified as Neel Acharya, a double major in computer science and data science at the John Martinson Honors College of Purdue University.
On Sunday, Neel’s mother Gaury Acharya, had appealed in a post on X, “Our son Neel Acharya is missing since yesterday Jan 28 (12:30 AM EST) He is studying in Purdue University in the US. He was last seen by the Uber driver who dropped him off in Purdue University. We are looking for any info on him. Please help us if you know anything.”
The Consulate General of India in Chicago replied to her post, saying, “Consulate is in touch with Purdue University authorities and also with Neel’s family. Consulate will extend all possible support and help.”
According to Purdue Exponent, a multimedia agency independent of the university, the head of the Computer Science department Chris Clifton informed the faculty and students of Neel Acharya’s death in an email on Monday.
Earlier this week, another Indian student was brutally killed with repeated blows from a hammer by a homeless man inside a store in Lithonia, Georgia, US.
A video of the incident went viral on social media, but the date of the incident can’t be confirmed.
The man seen attacking Vivek Saini is reportedly a homeless person who used to frequent the store. A person familiar with the case told ANI that police authorities acted firmly on the visual evidence of the case, and arrests were made promptly.
Vivek Saini’s body was sent back to his family in India on January 24.