Venkataramana Pittala; 27 y/o Telangana student, killed in jet ski accident in US

Venkataramana Pittala, a 27-year-old student from Telangana, tragically loses his life in a jet ski accident in the US, marking the eighth death among Indian students during Biden's presidency.

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Venkataramana Pittala, a 27-year-old student from Telangana, tragically lost his life in a jet ski accident in Florida, USA. The incident occurred on March 9 at the Fury Plays Park, near Wisteria Island, where Venkataramana collided with another jet ski.

Who was Venkataramana Pittala?

Venkataramana was pursuing a master's degree in health informatics at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). Originally from Kazipet, Telangana, he had completed his bachelor's degree in physiotherapy from NTR Health University in Andhra Pradesh.

Tragic Accident and Aftermath

As Venkataramana's academic journey in the US was nearing its end, he had plans to graduate in May 2024. The accident left his family and friends in deep shock and grief, both in Telangana and in the US. His loved ones mourned the loss of a beloved son and friend as they bid him farewell.

In response to Venkataramana's untimely passing, his friends in the US rallied to support his family. A GoFundMe page was set up to raise funds for transporting his body back to India and covering related expenses. The public response to the fundraiser has been overwhelming, with donations totaling $56,635.

Ministry of External Affairs: 

Despite the tragic circumstances, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has not provided clear steps regarding the repatriation of Venkataramana's remains. His death marks the eighth among Indian students studying in the US, highlighting concerns about student safety and security in the country.

The incident underscores the vulnerability of Indian students abroad, with recent reports of violent attacks and mysterious deaths raising alarm. From Vivek Saini to Neel Acharya and Syed Mazahir Ali, the tragedies faced by Indian students studying in the US demand attention and action to ensure their safety and well-being.