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Indian techie murdered in Germany, wife out of danger

April 1, 2019

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has confirmed the death of an Indian techie in Germany in a stabbing incident. Prashant Basarur his wife Smita were attacked by their neighbour in Munich. The couple, who are from Karnataka, have been settled in Germany for 15 years and have two children.

In a tweet, Swaraj said, "Indian couple Prashant and Smita Basarur were stabbed by an immigrant near Munich. Unfortunately, Prashant has expired. Smita is stable. We are facilitating the travel of Prashant's brother to Germany. My heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family."

The attacker is said to be a migrant from New Guinea. He used a kitchen knife to stab the couple. He has been arrested. The reason for the attack is not clear as yet. Police are still investigating the incident. The accused was a neighbour of the couple and indications are it was not a hate crime.

Swaraj also appreciated the work done by the Consulate General of India in Munich and asked them to take care of the couple's children.

Smita's family in Udupi district's Siddapur is in shock. Her brother is on his way to Germany. The couple's children visited India two years ago and are currently in the care of the German government. Officials say that Smita's second brother who is based in Dubai is also flying to Munich.

Preliminary reports reveal that the couple had an argument with the accused after which eh stabbed them. Prashant was stabbed many times in the head and the body. The couple obtained German citizenship last year and had spent many years living in Bengaluru and Hyderabad before moving there.

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