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Indian-origin executive, 41, dies after assault on Washington street

He reportedly got involved in a fight outside a restaurant in the late hours and his head hit the pavement after being knocked.

Vivek Taneja (Picture: Vivek Taneja LinkedIn account)

By: Shubham Ghosh

IN a shocking incident, an Indian-American executive passed away this week, days after he was discovered with life-threatening injuries following a brawl outside a restaurant in Washington DC.

Vivek Taneja, who hailed from Virginia, was at a Japanese restaurant in the US capital along with the suspect on February 2, a police report revealed. The former was beaten by the suspect and as he fell, his head hit the pavement, an American media report cited a police report as saying.

The latest incident happened amid a series of deaths of Indians and Indian-Americans in the US. Deaths of as many as five Indian and Indian-American students have been reported in the US this year.

The 41-year-old victim left the eatery around 2 am and get involved in a fight on a nearby street, the police report added without giving details about the nature of the dispute. He fainted in the attack and police officers saw him in a critical condition on arrival. Taneja was rushed to a hospital but he succumbed to his injuries on Wednesday (7), the police added.

A hunt was on for the suspect who was spotted on CCTV. His identity was yet to be ascertained. The police have also announced a reward of $25,000 for anyone who provides information about the suspect.

Taneja was the co-founder of Dynamo Technologies, a technology solutions and analytics product provider to the US administration. He also served as its president and led its strategic, growth and partnership initiatives, the company’s website said.

A number of students from India or of Indian origin were found dead in the US this year. Among them was Vivek Saini, who was hammered to death by a homeless drug addict in Lithonia in the state of Georgia.

US ambassador to India, Eric Garcetti, said in the wake of the deaths that Washington was committed to ensure the safety of Indian students in that country.

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