Indian American's Death: Three Teenagers Charged with Murder

Arun Kumar/IANS

New York, Jun 30: The US authorities have charged three teenagers with murder and conspiracy to commit murder after an Indian American professor died of injuries suffered in an attack near his home in Old Bridge, New Jersey.

Divyendu Sinha, 49, succumbed to his injuries at 4 a.m. in Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick Monday, according to Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce Kaplan.

The three teenagers were arrested and earlier charged with assaulting Sinha, a former College of Staten Island professor, and his two sons Friday. Sinha taught at CSI from 1990 to 1999 as an assistant professor in the computer science department.

Kaplan said the investigation into the attack on Sinha is ongoing and that preliminary findings indicate the assault "was not racially motivated" but rather a random attack. He said no weapons were used.

Media reports citing authorities said they received a 911 call around 11:30 p.m. Friday. When officers arrived, they found the victim on the ground outside his house on Fela Drive, a neighbourhood of newer homes.

An alumnus of IIT Kharagpur, Sinha had earned his Ph.D. from Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken and worked for a time at the College of Staten Island. An author of several books on computer imaging, he had been working as a consultant to Siemens.

The three juveniles, who are not identified due to their age, had a hearing Monday morning before Superior Court Judge Roger Daley, who remanded them to the Middlesex County Juvenile Detention Centre.

They are scheduled to return to Family Court Thursday for a preliminary hearing on the murder and murder conspiracy charges.

After the investigation is complete, Kaplan said he will review all reports in the case and decide whether to seek to try the three as adults in Superior Court.


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  • pais, mangalore

    Wed, Jun 30 2010

    Hundreds of Foreigners are robbed assualted/raped/murdered in india and we are quiet about it, yet one Indian is killed in foreign land and we make noise..

    Guys, the law and order in foreign nations are far better than India, The Police and Judiciary system is way ahead of our archiac systems.

    Stop painting these incidents with a hatred/racist brush...

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  • adshenoy, mangloor

    Wed, Jun 30 2010

    Unwanted Indians? Or Jealous Americans?. You, be the judge. Indians are flooding Overseas- craze or opportunity or just lust for money and status?.

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  • STALIN MISQUITH, m'lore/Bahrain

    Wed, Jun 30 2010


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  • V. Thomas, Bahrain

    Wed, Jun 30 2010

    Sensible comments Ms. Lobo. Why look at America ? First look within India, in our own home town. In yesterday's news two youths were brutally attacked by a gang with sword, sticks and deadly weapons on flimsy ground of touching the ball to gangster's girlfriend's leg.

    If anything happen in USA, Canada or Australia, we have pseudos to blame it as racism & in Goa politicians even tried to damage the minority worship places. Who is more dangerous - an outsider or a person from within our own house ? Who is worst enemy - Murderer BJP MLA who caused riot and murders of innocent Indian people or an outside enemy - Ajmal Kasab ?

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  • Lydia Lobo, Kadri

    Wed, Jun 30 2010

    How do we wake up Stalin Misquith ? By bombing the Embassies ? Its alright to kill and rape the foreigners in India but it isn't so when it happens to our people when they become foreigners in a different country ? We reap what we sow. Its just that ! If you are riddled by my message, read the news of a Brazilian tenant in Delhi who was raped by none other than the landlord !

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  • STALIN MISQUITH, m'lore/Bahrain

    Wed, Jun 30 2010


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