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Hyderabad techie stabbed to death by flatmate in US

Hyderabad: A 24-year-old Austin, Texas-based techie from Hyderabad was stabbed to death by his flatmate at their apartment on Monday night.

The victim has been identified as Gundam Sankirth. His attacker, Kurremula Sai Sandeep Goud (27), also from Hyderabad, has been arrested by the Austin police.

Sankirth's father, G Vijay Kumar, said they received the news from relatives on Tuesday morning that he was stabbed in his flat in Quarry Oaks apartment complex in North Austin.

"We came to know about the death only later. We do not know what exactly happened. My son recently got a H1B visa. Our relatives in the US are going to hospital to find out more details," an inconsolable Vijay Kumar, a supervisor of the government primary health centre at Bhoodan Pochampally in Nalgonda district, said. Vijay's family lives in Sultan Bazar in the city.

So far the motive behind the killing is not known, Sankirth's family members and friends said.

"We know that Sandeep is from Hyderabad and just 10 days ago he joined Sankirth in the flat through a consultant. He might also be a software engineer. We came to know that Sandeep assaulted Sankirth with a kitchen knife," Sankirth's relative Ajay told The Times of India.