Australia shocked by brutal stabbing of Indian IT consultant

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Prabha Arun Kumar

In yet another shocking incident of racial attack in Australia , a 41-year-old Indian IT consultant Prabha Arun Kumar was brutally stabbed to death in Australia. The whole incident took place just 300m from her home, when she was on the phone talking to her husband in this IT city, a family member said. The incident happened, in Westmead, Parramatta Park a suburb in Sydney, while she was in the lane-way that runs through the park close to her home. “Last word’s my uncle heard from my aunt was that she was stabbed; they both were on phone as usual after her office hours, this was somewhere around 3pm IST,” Prabha Arun Kumar’s nephew Thrijesh Jayachandra said. He said “around 6:30 or so in the evening we received a call by someone from her office side stating that she was out of danger, but later in the evening we were informed by her brother Shankar, who lives in Perth, that she was no more.”

 “My uncle left for Australia by 12:20 am flight alone, as he was only person with relevant VISA in the family. Their 9-year-old daughter is with us, unaware of what has happened to her mother,” he said, adding that “we were expecting Aunty back home in the first week of April.” The local police have described it as a “horrific attack”.

 Jayachandra said, “We have got the information in the morning that the postmortem is going on, and we have also been told that tomorrow morning the appointment is taken for my uncle and my aunt’s brother Shankar who is in Australia for going to the hospital and seeing her (Prabha) body.” Prabha’s employer Mindtree in a statement has called the incident extremely “unfortunate” and “shocking”. “Our prayers are with the family of the deceased. We are working with the officials of both the countries to help the family to bring the body back to India. We are providing all the necessary support to authorities investigating the case,” it said.

Following the case the Australian Police has released the CCTV footage of the Indian IT consultant walking from a train station just before she was fatally stabbed and appealed to people for information to crack the baffling case. The New South Wales police launched a probe following the stabbing of 41-year-old Prabha Arun Kumar, who was on the phone with her husband in India, when the “horrific” attack happened. Police said the emergency services responded to reports of a seriously injured woman on a public walkway between Argyle Street, Parramatta, and Amos Street, Westmead, at around 9:30 PM (local time). Ambulance Paramedics treated the woman at the scene before transporting her to Westmead Hospital, where she died at about 12:45 AM saturday.

 Confirming her identity, the police statement said, it was believed that Prabha got off a train at Parramatta Railway Station about 9 PM, before walking along Argyle Street and turning left onto the walkway. Police believe she was attacked while on the walkway.

She sustained a number of injuries, which it is believed were inflicted by a sharp-edged weapon. Strike Force Marcoala has been formed to investigate the death. It comprises police from Parramatta Local Area Command and State Crime Command’s Homicide Squad. Prabha worked for IT firm Mindtree in ‘The Rocks’ and had reportedly been working a double shift the day of her death. Prabha’s distraught husband Arun Kumar and her 9-year-old daughter have  reached Australia from Bangalore to formally identify her body, media reports said.

Tragically, Prabha’s husband was on the phone with her when she was brutally stabbed in the park, ‘the Daily Telegraph’ reported. “She was talking with her husband Arun Kumar in India when she said ‘he stabbed me, darling’ before the line went dead,” the report said.

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