Indian-origin student killed in armed robbery in Chicago, another injured


An Indian-origin student from Andhra Pradesh was killed and another from Telangana injured when robbers opened fire on them in Chicago on Sunday.

Nandapu Devansh (23) from Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh was killed while Koppala Sai Charan from Hyderabad was injured. Another student Laxman from Visakhapatnam escaped unhurt.

The three students had gone to the US only 10 days ago following their admission to Chicago’s Governors State University. They had rented an apartment in Chicago and were roommates.

On Sunday evening, the trio went out to buy a router for the home internet connection. While they were on their way to a shopping mall, two armed robbers waylaid them. The burglars ordered the students to hand over their mobile phones. They even shared the PIN to unlock the phones.

The burglars also looted money from the students. While leaving the scene, the armed men opened fire. Devasnh and Sai Charan sustained bullet wounds while Laxman narrowly escaped.

The victims alerted police, who rushed there and shifted the injured to hospital. Devansh succumbed while undergoing treatment.

Sai Charan was admitted to the University Medical Centre. He was said to be out of danger.

A resident of BHEL in Hyderabad, Charan had landed in Chicago on January 13 for his MS course.

Their friends in the US informed their parents back in India. Sai Charan’s parents K. Srinivas and K.V.M. Laxmi have reportedly appealed to the state government to intervene and ensure Charan was given proper medical care.