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An Indian student pursuing a master’s degree in Chicago, Rupesh Chandra Chintakindi, has been missing for a week, sparking concern among his family in Hyderabad. The 26-year-old’s disappearance has prompted efforts from both the Chicago police and the Indian consulate to locate him, amid increasing reports of missing Indian students in the US.

Chintakindi is pursuing a master’s degree at Concordia University, Wisconsin, Chicago, he went missing last Thursday (2), and it’s been a week. The Consulate General of India (CGI) in Chicago and the local police are trying to locate Chintakindi.

This comes at a time when reports of Indian students going missing are increasing in the US. Last month, a student from Ohio, Mohammad Abdul Arfath, was found dead after he had been missing for a month. Just a week ago, in this incident, Uma Satya Sai Gadde, another Indian student, was found dead in Ohio.

The family of Chintakindi, who was staying in the Indian state of Telangana’s Hyderabad city reached out to his roommates. They informed him that he was going to meet someone who was visiting him from Texas. Chintakindi spoke last to his father on the day he went missing, last Thursday (2).

“He went to meet them, but we do not know who they are,” said his father.

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“He said he was doing some work. Later on, I could not contact him, and he is offline since then,”  he added.

Chintakindi’s father, Sadanandamm, said that the family had informed both the police and the US Embassy. He also wrote a letter to G. Kishan Reddy, the Union Minister of Tourism, Culture, and Development of the North Eastern Region of India, and asked for help in locating his son.

In turn, Reddy wrote a letter to the Ministry of External Affairs on Wednesday (8) and sought help from CGI Chicago in locating Chintakindi.

CGI Chicago is continuously in touch with the police, who are trying to search for Chintakindi, and has asked the community to provide any information on the Hyderabad-based Indian student.

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