//43-yr-old NRI beaten to death in Gujarat

43-yr-old NRI beaten to death in Gujarat

Ahmedabad, June 16, 2006 — (IANS)

A non-resident Indian (NRI) from the US was brutally beaten to death by four unidentified attackers late on Thursday evening in the city, police said on Friday.

Pankaj Trivedi, a 43-year-old professional from Cincinnati, was hit in his head with a baseball bat by the attackers outside the Ellis Bridge Gymkhana in the upscale Law Garden neighbourhood, a police official said.

A relative of Trivedi, whose wife and two children are in the US, identified the body.

The victim, who had migrated to Cincinnati nine years ago, was on one of his regular visits to India. In the city, he used to live in Satyagrah Chhavni in the Satellite area, the official said.

While the assailants were still at large, police were talking with the only witness of the murder – the guard of the excusive club.

The victim was closely associated with the spiritual movement of Swadhyaya, inspired by the late Pandurang Shastri Athawale, and was involved in the legal battle between two factions of the movement, according to media reports.