Richmond, Virginia, USA: Vivek Taneja, a 41-year-old Indian-American executive from Virginia, tragically passed away this week after sustaining life-threatening injuries during a fight outside a Washington restaurant on February 2. Taneja, co-founder and president of Dynamo Technologies, a technology solutions provider to the US government, was knocked to the ground, hitting his head on the pavement during the altercation. The nature of the dispute that led to the attack remains undisclosed.
The assailant, yet to be identified, is being sought by authorities, and a $25,000 reward is offered for information leading to the suspect’s arrest and conviction. This incident adds to a concerning trend of attacks on Indians and Indian-Americans in the United States.
In a separate incident in Chicago, Indian student Syed Mazahir Ali was attacked by robbers, leaving him bleeding from his nose and mouth. The recent weeks have seen a series of tragic deaths involving Indian students in the US. Sameer Kamath was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Shreyas Reddy Beniger’s death was ruled out as foul play, Neel Acharya was found dead on a university campus, and Vivek Saini was hammered to death in Georgia. Akul Dhawan was also found dead outside the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
The US envoy to India, Eric Garcetti, expressed condolences and reassured that the United States is committed to maintaining safety for Indian students. He emphasized the US as a secure destination for studying, despite these unfortunate incidents. As investigations continue and families mourn, the incidents highlight the need for addressing and preventing violence against the Indian community in the US.