WARANGAL: A 27-year-old software engineer, Mamidala Vamsi Chander Reddy from Warangal Rural, was shot dead by a suspected robber who was trying to flee after robbing a woman, at Milpitas area in California on Saturday.
Though the family is yet to receive official word from the police there, family members allege the killing is a case of hate crime after US president Trump took over.
Vamsi Reddy was a native of Vangapahad village in Hasanparthy mandal of Warangal rural district.
According to reports, the incident occurred at his apartment's garage when the killer's car collided with Vamsi's car. The killer shot him at point-blank range.
His parents were informed by Vamsi's friend Praveen about the incident at morning 4.30 am on Sunday.
According to Vamsi's father M Sanjeeva Reddy his son's friend first told him that he was missing and around 8.30 am through media reports he came to know about the death of his son. However, in view of the sensitivity of the incident, the Milpitas police have not declared it as a death, and are investigating it as a 'missing case'.
Neither the California police nor the External Affairs Ministry has till now contacted Vamsi's family. They are getting information through Vamsi's friends in the US and media.
Vamsi, who went to US to do his MS in 2015, completed his masters’ degree from a Silicon Valley University and was doing a part-time job since the last 40 days. He had just finished his work and was going back to his apartment when the incident took place.
"Two days ago I spoke to him. He was worried about his future as the new government in the US is imposing restrictions on providing jobs to foreign nationals in IT sector. I asked him not to worry and to come back to India if he did not find suitable employment there. But, within two days we had to hear this sad news," an inconsolable Sanjeeva Reddy, a farmer, told Express.
Vamsi's father, relatives and friends feel that he was the victim of Trump's hate campaign.
"What kind of government is functioning in US. They are targeting people from other countries. What is our fault. The boy had gone there to do higher studies. He had not harmed anyone in his life and he was killed so brutally. The US government should take steps to prevent such incidents in future and punish the
guilty severely," Vamsi's uncle Raghupathi Reddy said.
Vamsi's father made it clear that he was not in a position to bring back his son's body from US and appealed to Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao and the Centre to help him out.
Meanwhile, BJP floor leader G Kishan Reddy, spoke to Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and urged her to help bring Vamsi's body from California.