Telangana Minister KT Rama Rao meets family of student who was shot in US

The Telangana government has assured to make arrangements to bring back the body of Sharath Koppu,who was shot dead in US.

Hyderabad, July 8 : Telangana IT Minister KT Rama Rao on Sunday visited the family of Sharath Koppula, the 25-year-old student, who was shot dead in US and assured them of making arrangements to bring back the body .

 Sharath Koppu was shot dead by a suspected robber in the US. Koppula, who was studying in University of Missouri, Kansas City, was critically injured when a man fired at him at J’s Fish and Chicken Market located at 5412 Prospect Ave in the city. He was rushed to a hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.

KTR met with the family of the deceased at their Hyderabad residence along with state minister Srinivas Yadav and Deputy Chief Minister Kadiyam Srihari.

Later, Rama Rao told reporters “the government would bear all the expenses to bring back the body to Hyderabad within two days.”

“Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao expressed his anguish at the death and instructed his ministers to immediately visit the family of the deceased. We are in touch with the Chicago Consulate as well as our officers here. Since it is a murder and the police are still investigating the case, it might take a little time for the body to return home,” KTR told reporters after the meeting.

“We asked his parents to stay strong and assured them of our support. In case they wish to travel to America, we told them that the state government would arrange for an emergency visa and bear all costs of the travel for the family, he added.

He said the state government was in touch with the Ministry of External Affairs and the Indian Embassy in the US.

The minister said if Koppu’s family members want to go to the US to bring the body, the government would make all necessary arrangements for their travel.

Koppu hailed from Warangal town and his family currently lives in Hyderabad. He was a software engineer and had gone to the US in January to pursue his master’s degree.

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