NRI, student arrested
for threatening to kill President Bush
New York, April 20, 2006
Mrs. Santosh Sharma
NRI,Vikram Buddhi, a Purdue University graduate student was arrested
and charged with threatening to kill President George W. Bush, Laura
Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and Secretary of Defense Donald
Rumsfeld. He allegedly posted the detailed and threatening messages
on an online message board.
Buddhi has been studying industrial engineering and came 10 years
ago on a student visa. He was originally hired as a teaching assistant
in the math department but was removed from that position and is
now a teaching assistant in the industrial engineering department.
Buddhi has posted a bond for $10,000 and was released from the
Tippecanoe County jail on Monday
Buddhi told investigators he posted the message, along with other
derogatory messages aimed at the president, but Martin said Buddhis
actions should be covered by the First Amendment since Buddhi would
have never actually carried out his threats.
Buddhi urged the Web sites readers to bomb the United States
and for them to rape American and British women and mutilate them,
according to court documents. Other messages called for the killing
of all Republicans.
What was allegedly said certainly is derogatory and may be
inflammatory, Martin said. But theres no real
serious threat more than it was chat on the Web.
Buddhi allegedly posted his messages on a Yahoo finance board dedicated
to Sirius Satellite radio, a site that receives 2 million to 3 million
hits a day, Martin said. A concerned citizen contacted the Secret
Service office in Dallas to report that a subject was posting threatening
messages about Bush, according to the criminal complaint filed in
Hammonds federal court and unsealed Monday.
Buddhi was arrested Friday and told investigators he is not suffering
from any mental illnesses nor is he taking any illegal or prescription