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25-year-old Hyderabad techie killed by Indian roomate in US

Published Jul 20, 2016, 2:26 am IST
Updated Jul 20, 2016, 9:15 am IST
Sankirth, an MNC employee, and his roommate Sai Sandeep Goud Kurremula had a quarrel that led to Sandeep killing him.
G. Sankirth
 G. Sankirth

Hyderabad: Narsapur ex-MLA Gundam Veeraiah’s grandson, 25-year-old techie G. Sankirth from Hyderabad, was stabbed to death by another Hyderabadi in Texas, US, on Monday.

Sources said Sankirth, an MNC employee, and his roommate Sai Sandeep Goud Kurremula had a quarrel early on Monday morning, that led to Sandeep killing him. Austin police has arrested the suspect. Praneeth, another roommate of theirs’, was a witness to the murder. Sandeep had gone to Austin 15 days ago and had been living in Sankirth’s apartment.


Attacker was drunk, says witness Praneeth

Praneeth, who spoke to the victim’s family, said Sandeep was drunk when he attacked Sankirth. He said he was sleeping in another room when he heard the scuffle and soon found Sankirth lying in a pool of blood.

A motive behind the attack remains unclear, Austin police received an alert at 3.13 am. “Upon arrival, officers saw two men loading a male victim into a car. It appeared the male victim had suffered a stab wound to his abdomen. The injured male was transported to Round Rock Hospital where he later died,” a statement said. Praneeth claimed that Sandeep and he were rushing Sankirth to hospital in a car when cops arrived and took them into custody.


“Officers have charged Sai Sandeep Goud Kurremula, 27, with murder,” the cops’ statement added. The victim’s relatives in the US found that Sai Sandeep had moved to Austin 15 days ago for a job through a consultancy and had started living in the same apartment complex where Sankirth lived. Back in Hyderabad, it has been a tragic day for Sankirth’s parents.   

Telangana Health officer G. Vijay Kumar went into shock when he heard of his son’s murder. Relatives are wondering why a jovial man like Sankirth was killed.
“He had finished MS from the University of New Haven last year and had moved to Texas for a job six months ago. He got an H1B visa a month ago and was planning to settle in the US,” said his cousin E. Saikanth.


“He was a peaceful man. We do not know why he was attacked,” added Saikanth. Sankirth was also in constant touch with his parents. “He used to regularly Skype but he never mentioned a dispute with his roommate,” A. Venkat Rao, another cousin, said.

Other relatives add that Sankirth’s mother was informed only on Tuesday as she has been suffering from an illness. The family’s friends and relatives in the US are now trying to send the body to Hyderabad.

Location: India, Telangana, Hyderabad