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25-year-old student from Mysuru shot dead by unknown assailant in California

The incident occurred on Thursday between 11.30 am and 12.30 pm. The person who came for the next shift informed the family that Abhishek has been shot dead.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 30, 2019 3:57:57 pm
15 mins before he was killed in California, Mysuru student had called his father, sent family a text Abhishek Sudesh Bhat (Source: Facebook)

A 25-year-old student from Mysuru, pursuing his master’s degree in computer science in the US, was reportedly shot dead by an unidentified assailant, family members told PTI Saturday. The victim, Abhishek Sudesh Bhat, was temporarily working at a California motel, where he was shot dead on Thursday, said his cousin Srivatsa.

Bhat was pursuing his masters from California State University in San Bernardino. The incident occurred on Thursday between 11.30 am and 12.30 pm. The person who came for the next shift informed the family that Abhishek has been shot dead.

As the legal procedure, including the post mortem, may take some time, the family has decided to perform the last rites in California itself. “Postmortem is still going on there after the investigation was completed. The Forensic Pathology will be reviewed next week. There are many cases there. So, they are yet to schedule their postmortem on Abhishek,” Srivatsa told PTI.

“It may take some time… Abhishek’s parents will travel to the US and perform the cremation there itself,” he added. Meanwhile, to expedite the legal procedure, Bhat’s family has reached out to the authorities in California as well as the Indian Embassy there besides the local authorities here and in Karnataka.

Asked about any headway in the case and reason behind the killing, Srivatsa said it would not be proper to disclose
anything about the progress made in the case. “All we can say now is one incident of shooting happened and one person died,” the victim’s cousin said.

(With inputs from PTI)

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