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Akshay Vishal


Arkansas police arrested one suspect in Satyam engineer's murder


Little Rock, Arkansas, Jan. 16, 2009
Sant Parkash Singh

On Tuesday, Akshay Vishal, 26, a software engineer from Hyderabad in the US was allegedly shot by unidentified gunmen in Little Rock, Arkansas, USA. The local media identified the arrested person as Brandon Johnson, 20 years old. Johnson has been involved in as many as 12 robberies and three murders in the past one month.

According to the police, on the midnight of January 13, Vishal got out his car when two strangers surrounded him. They apparently demanded money from him. One of them pumped two bullets into his right leg, a profusely bleeding and his condition deteriorated.Vishal was rushed to a hospital and the doctors removed the two bullets after operating on him for six hours but later he he succumbed to the injuries. His friends informed the family about his death on Wednesday.

A Little Rock City Police told media:

  • We have been interviewing arrested person all day today.
  • He is a strong suspect of the murder.
  • We are carrying an intensive investigation into the murder of Vishal
  • We can't release any more detail at this point of time
  • Robbery is believed to be the prime motive behind the murder

Akshay Vishal came to the US from India on January 13, 2005 for doing his masters degree after completing Mechanical Engineering in Hyderabad. He got his MS degree from Alaska University and joined Dessault Falcon Jet on behalf of Satyam with the the scam-hit Satyam Computers two years ago.

The Indian Consulate in Houston has dispatched a senior official to help local authorities arrange quick transfer of body to India. They are in touch with Vishal's family, his company and the authorities.

Akshay is the seventh case of young Indian professionals from the state being killed in the last 14 months.