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Updated: April 25, 2013 09:17 IST

Sunil Tripathi’s body found?

Narayan Lakshman
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This undated photo released by Brown University on March 23, 2013 shows Brown University student Sunil Tripathi.
This undated photo released by Brown University on March 23, 2013 shows Brown University student Sunil Tripathi.

The nightmare may finally be ending for the Tripathi family, albeit on a sad note. On Tuesday, police in Rhode Island found a body from Providence Harbor, about which Providence Police Lieutenant Joseph Donnelly said, “It’s very, very possible” that it could be that of Sunil Tripathi (22), who went missing on 16 March.

The consternation among the Tripathis, who had created a Facebook campaign called ‘Help Us Find Sunil Tripathi’, was exacerbated after Sunil was falsely named a suspect in the Boston marathon bombings on social media platforms, Twitter and Reddit. Following numerous false claims that Mr. Tripathi was the suspect in white cap in the photographs and CCTV footage released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), his family is said to have received “ugly” threatening messages.

However, as it turned out, the person falsely linked to Mr. Tripathi was actually Chechen-origin Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (19), presently in hospital, and facing charges over the bombings. After the dramatic events leading to Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s arrest, including the killing of Dzhokhar’s elder brother Tamerlan in a gunfight with police, the moderator of the Reddit’s “FindBostonBombers” put out a statement of apology

He said, “I’d like to extend the deepest apologies to the family of Sunil Tripathi for any part we may have had in relaying what has turned out to be faulty information. We cannot begin to know what you’re going through and for that we are truly sorry.”

On Wednesday, a spokeswoman for the Providence police department said that the body was found in India Point Park in Providence Harbor and “its identity would be confirmed in an autopsy on Wednesday”. Mr. Tripathi, a philosophy student at Brown University, apparently left behind his ID, wallet and cell phone and was last seen near his apartment, located near the university campus.

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I don't think you call it as a nightmare that is finally coming to en end but it is one that has gone worse with Sunil not being alive possibly. It's very unfortunate to, firstly, have him gone missing, then wrongly accuse him for the blast and then not be sure if he is even alive.

from:  Anne
Posted on: Apr 26, 2013 at 09:54 IST

Millions of us post comments/share updates on social networking sites
like Facebook/Twitter without giving a single thought about the validity
of the information. Such things are inevitable unless we root a sense of
responsibility in our children right from early age.

from:  Rohit Sankaria
Posted on: Apr 25, 2013 at 17:44 IST

How can the society be so senseless and insensitive to claim the suspect to be accused in such a serious act of crime. Without being proven guilty, this innocent human got the undue punishment.
Now where is the civil right activitist and who will held responsible for such uncompensatable loss of a life.

from:  Mohammed Kabir
Posted on: Apr 25, 2013 at 16:31 IST

This is ultimate poignant.We shouldn't have commented in a wrong way.He
went missing since march 16 and how these social networking sites
comment on him.At last may his soul R.I.P.

from:  sai
Posted on: Apr 25, 2013 at 14:36 IST

Very sad indeed. While these social media websites have proved to be
useful in tracing loved ones, this incident also reflects the ugly
side of these websites. As users we really need to practice restraint
and refrain from spreading unfounded rumours!
At the same time we need to strongly question the way the Boston
police has handled this situation. It is hard to believe that they
would not know the magnitude of angst that rises among the citizens.
Last thing such a situation needs is a stray, false rumour.
One will never know....this time around the rumour may have just
killed the boy.
May he rest in peace.

from:  Devahuti
Posted on: Apr 25, 2013 at 10:13 IST

Those who had created the false allegations should be punished.
People/Media should not immediately see some resembling faces and spread
such false info. Cannot believe this happened in US which is an advanced
country, but the peoples thinking is still below average.

from:  Guru
Posted on: Apr 25, 2013 at 08:19 IST

. . . “It’s very, very possible” that it could be that of Sunil
Tripathi (22), who went missing on 16 March. . . .

Is it 16 March or April ?

Can these card board HEROES' bring back the dead one ?


from:  Kuruparan
Posted on: Apr 25, 2013 at 08:03 IST

This story sickens me!!! This is why the FBI needs to keep certain
things from the media until they truly know what they are
talking about!!! How awful for this family!!!!

from:  missalissa
Posted on: Apr 25, 2013 at 03:56 IST
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