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Indian Student At Duke Shot Dead

Following on the heals of LSU shoot out where two Indian students were shot dead in a gang style execution, one more Indian student was found shot dead at his off campus apartment.

Abhijit Mahato, 29-year-old PhD student in engineering living about one and a half miles from the Duke University campus in Durham was found shot dead by police after his friends reported him missing. Born in Tatanagar and raised in Kolkota he has been with Duke just for about two years.

“Even as the news is unfolding, with no details and suspects, we’re shocked about the why, why, why of it,” said Leela Prasad, Duke’s associate professor of ethics and Indian religion. “Right after the LSU murders, this senseless attack is hard to digest.”

Mahato earned his mechanical engineering degree from Jadavpur University in 2001 and a master of technology degree from the Indian Institute for Technology in Kanpur in 2004. He was at the GE Global Research Center in Bangalore for two years before coming to Duke. His website can be reached from here.

Both the schools happened to be in the vicinity of crime filled neighborhoods.

Considering the impunity with which such murders are taking place, do you think it is time for the Indian students in United States to stand up and fight back. Should they take cognizance of the Second Amendment which allows them to bear arms for protection. Would it be a prudent decision to keep a weapon at home for self defense in case of a home invasion.

    8 Responses to “Indian Student At Duke Shot Dead”

    1. Shetty says:

      Second amendment is only for citizens. Not for people on F1 visa.

      • Bob in Sun City says:

        I think the Supreme Court of the United States has yet to decide exactly what the second amendment implications are. There is a lot more to the amendment than just “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed”.
        If it was that simple, then it would only say that.

        And, you stand corrected. Everyone who is in this country is protected by our Constitution and all applicable laws. If you doubt that, then wait till they catch the cowards that killed this student.

    2. TechBanyan says:

      Thanks for the correction, Shetty.

      Students need to be able to defend themselves in case of home invasion. Its possible for anyone to buy a gun from a store (say wal-mart) with a DL and keep it home for emergencies like these. Question is, should they do it.

    3. Yash says:

      It is really a double edged sword giving students
      from foreign nationals a gun for US gov.
      although it provides better security
      it would further complicate matters in wake of terrorist attacks , but i seriously think extra security should be provided around campuses and such incidents should be probed thoroughly and let us make a serious effort so that justice is served

    4. Bob in Sun City says:

      I think the Supreme Court of the United States has yet to decide exactly what the second amendment implications are. There is a lot more to the amendment than just “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed”.
      If it was that simple, then it would only say that.

      Everyone who is in this country is protected by our Constitution and all applicable laws. If you doubt that, then wait till they catch the cowards that killed this student.

    5. Mariola says:

      Well right now Duke Nukem Forever is set to be launched on 10th June. NA will get it a few days later on 14th. Romi +10Was this awnesr helpful?

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