Indian student visited in hospital by Consul General after being shot in Chicago

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India’s Consul General in Chicago with Mohammed Akbar, an Indian student who was shot in the face and hospitalized. (Photo: CGI Chicago)

Mohammed Akbar, 30, an Indian student from Meerpet, Hyderabad is undergoing treatment after he was shot in the neighborhood of Albany Park in Chicago last week.

The Quint reported that according to Akbar’s father, Mohammed Yousuf, the student was shot in the cheek, after an argument broke out with the unidentified assailants in a parking lot at around 8:45 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 6.

After hearing the gunshot, local residents rushed to Akbar’s help and took him to the Illinois Masonic Medical Center.

India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, thanked Bhushan for visiting the Indian student and said his parents had been granted U.S. visas to visit him.

Akbar’s family told The Quint that he was pursuing master’s degree in computer systems networking and telecommunications, the family has now applied for an emergency visa and is asking the Indian government to act on the incident.

The Hindustan Times reports that police have not declared the incident as a hate crime.

“The case is classified as aggravated battery with handgun. Area North Detectives are still investigating. No further details,” Chicago police said in a statement.

Mohammed Akbar recovering in the hospital after suffering from a gunshot wound to the cheek. (Courtesy: Twitter)

India’s Consul General in Chicago Neeta Bhushan, visited Mohammed Akbar at the hospital. He was moved from the intensive care unit to the general ward and is recovering and in good spirits, the Indian Consulate said in an email, adding, “CGI Chicago is monitoring his progress and rendering all necessary assistance.”

 

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