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Anshul Sharma & Samira Bharadwaj – Photos, videos of Columbus, Indiana hit and run victims

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WASHINGTON: Anshul Sharma’s death in a hit and run case has shocked the Indian American community that is facing tough times across the US. After Donald Trump’s arrival in the White House as the US President, the Indian community there is facing attacks and intimidation. A large number of people have faced racial attacks in different parts of the US and a couple of people have also lost their lives in a few such attacks.

While there is no news linking Anshul Sharma’s death in hit and run case and racial attacks against Indians, the community must be feeling scared. There are already reports that the number of Indians seeking admission in American universities has gone down sharply due to racial attacks and profiling at US airports.

Reports suggest that 30-year old Sharma, 30, died on the spot while his wife Samira Bharadwaj, 28, was injured critically in the accident on Sunday evening. Both were reportedly walking and lived in Columbus city of Indiana.

Reports suggest that the man behind Sharma’s death, a 36-year-old Michael Demaio, was arrested by the police. He was driving a red Chrysler minivan and hit the couple from behind near Four Seasons Retirement Centre in Columbus, reported the Republic newspaper on Tuesday. The accused later fled the scene.



Police reports suggest that Sharma was pronounced dead at the scene by a Bartholomew County Coroner while Ms Bharadwaj was later transported to a hospital in Indianapolis. Demaio “failed several field sobriety exercises”, the police said. The minivan was found with substantial damage to its hood and a cracked windshield. The accused, who is in now in a county jail, faces a number of preliminary charges, including failure to stop after an accident resulting in death, failure to stop after an accident resulting in injury, operating while intoxicated resulting in death and operating while intoxicated resulting in injury, said the report.

In the meantime family and friends of Mr Sharma continued their efforts to take his body back to India and to support his wife, who was in a critical condition. There were several messages on Twitter on Tuesday seeking help for the family. A spokeswoman of Cummins, a diesel engine manufacturer in Columbus, where Mr Sharma worked as an engineer, said the company was in constant communication with Mr Sharma’s family and providing support in efforts to return his body to India.

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