No end to deaths of Indians abroad? Now, PhD student in London, dies after being run over by waste truck

Expressing grief on her demise, Amitabh Kant, the CEO of NITI Aayog shared the news on his social media handle.

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Courtesy: LinkedIn (Lt Gen Dr SP Kochhar)

Another tragic incident has been reported about an Indian studying aboard has lost her life. Last week, a 33-year-old Indian student, Cheistha Kochar was riding her cycle back to her central London residence when she was struck by a waste truck, resulting in her death. Kochar was a former employee of NITI Aayog who was a London School of Economics PhD candidate in behavioral science.

She was daughter of the former Lieutenant General Dr SP Kochhar, the Director General of the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI).

Sharing an emotional post, Dr SP Kochhar mentioned, “I am still in London trying to collect the remains of my daughter, Cheistha Kochhar. She was run over by a truck on 19 Mar while cycling back from LSE, where she was doing her PhD.”

Cheistha Kochhar was 33 years old, born on August 10, 1990, and passed away on March 19, 2024.

Expressing grief on her demise, Amitabh Kant, the CEO of NITI Aayog shared the news on his social media handle.

Reports indicate her husband was cycling a short distance ahead and witnessed the collision. The driver of the truck, believed to be a waste collection vehicle, is cooperating with the ongoing police investigation. Despite efforts of emergency services, she could not be saved. 

Meanwhile, the police officials have appealed the witnesses to come forward and help them find the accused. No arrest in the case has made so far.