US: Indian doctoral student shot dead in Ohio

Aaditya Adlakha was a student at University of Cincinnati Medical School

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A 26-year-old Indian doctoral student was shot dead in the US state of Ohio. The student was identified as Aaditya Adlakha, who was pursuing his Ph.D in molecular and developmental biology at the University of Cincinnati Medical School.

The medical university has described the incident as "sudden, tragic and senseless".

According to Hamilton County Coroner's Office, Adlakha died earlier this month at the UC Medical Center.

On November 9, Cincinnati Police Lt. Jonathan Cunningham said officers found a man shot inside a vehicle that crashed into a wall on the upper deck of the Western Hills Viaduct.

Police said that they received reports of gunfire in the area by around 6:20 am. A 911 call reported spotting a car with multiple bullet holes with a person inside the vehicle, said Cunningham.

Adlakha was rushed to hospital but he succumbed to his wounds two days later.

No arrests have been made since the shooting was reported, local media reports said.

"Today, you might have seen news reports of his sudden, tragic and senseless death. Those who knew him, along with fellow students and others who may not have had the fortune to have met Aaditya, may experience a wide variety of reactions, which are understandable and expected," Senior Vice President of Health Affairs and Dean, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Andrew Filak said.

"He was much-loved, exceedingly kind and humorous, intelligent and sharp, whose research was described as novel and transformative. The focus of his work was to better understand neuroimmune communication and how neuroimmune interactions might contribute to pain and the inflammatory landscape in ulcerative colitis," Filak was quoted as saying by, a television station in Cincinnati.

Adlakha had earned his bachelor's degree in Zoology from Ramjas College at the University of Delhi and later completed a master's degree in Physiology at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, both located in New Delhi.

He came to Cincinnati from north India to continue his education in medicine. "As a college and as Aaditya's academic home, we extend our deepest condolences to his family and to those who knew him as a friend and colleague," the Cincinnati Enquirer quoted the medical school as saying.

(With agencies inputs)

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