Washington: An Indian-American IT executive, Vivek Chander Taneja, died earlier this week days after being assaulted in downtown Washington.
The 41-year-old succumbed to injuries reportedly sustained from a blow on the head during a confrontation outside a restaurant. He was “was knocked to the ground by the suspect and hit his head on the pavement”, Washington Posted cited a police report as saying.
Authorities were alerted to an assault and promptly arrived at the scene only to discover Taneja suffering from severe injuries. Despite being rushed to the hospital, he died. The police subsequently classified Taneja’s passing as a ‘homicide’.
As of now, no arrests have been made in connection with the case. Nonetheless, a suspect was captured on CCTV footage. The Homicide Branch of the Metropolitan Police Department is urging the public to come forward with any information that may assist in identifying and locating the individual responsible for Taneja’s tragic demise.
Taneja held the position of president and co-founder at Dynamo Technologies. The company specialises in technology and analytics solutions for the federal government, according to a spokesperson cited by NBC Washington. Taneja, an alumnus of the University of Virginia, George Mason University, and George Washington University, was highly regarded in his field.
The police have offered a reward of up to $25,000 to individuals who can provide information leading to the arrest of suspect(s) involved in each homicide committed in the District of Columbia.
This incident occurred amid a spike in attacks on individuals of Indian descent and Indian-Americans in the United States. There have been reports of five deaths of Indian students in the US this year, with two being Indian nationals and the remaining three of Indian origin.
Following the tragic deaths, the US Ambassador to India Eric Garcetti reaffirmed the commitment of the US to ensuring that it remains a safe destination for Indian students. “Our heart always is touched when any tragedy occurs, whether it is a life taken by somebody or any violence – no matter who they are. We are very committed to making sure that Indians know that the United States is a wonderful place to study and to be safe,” he said.