Staff Reporter

Ajmaluddin was said to have drowned in a swimming pool on June 9

It is a clear case of murder as he does not know swimming, says his motherHis father alleges that some persons known to Ajmaluddin must have killed him

HYDERABAD: An engineering student from the city died under suspicious circumstances at his apartment complex at Lafayette, Louisiana, in the United States on June 9 even as his parents back home cried foul, alleging that it was a murder.

Ajmaluddin Mohammed (23), pursuing his MS from Louisiana University, was reported to have drowned in a swimming pool in the apartment minutes after he spoke to his mother Asima Afzal on Internet voice chatting.

"My son called me at 1.45 p.m. (IST) and told me about the preparations he was making for completion of his semester. He suddenly said he would continue chatting later as someone rang the doorbell. That was the last I heard from him," the desolate mother said at her Humayunnagar residence here on Wednesday. Within a few hours, the family came to know that Ajmaluddin was no more.

Birthday

Ajmaluddin, who finished his computer sciences engineering from Deccan Engineering College, Gandipet, was to have celebrated his birthday on Wednesday. "It's a clear case of murder. Why will my son go for swimming when he does not know swimming at all, and that too in the early hours? We suspect he was pushed into the pool and killed," Ms. Asima said.

Ajmaluddin's father Mohammed Afzaluddin, Mandal Revenue Inspector in Malkajgiri Municipality, alleged that some persons known to his son could have eliminated him. He said his son's friends Abdur Rehman, Zaki, Mansur and Lee had fled the apartment after the incident. "We do not know much about them except that my son used to talk about them. In fact, he had shifted to this apartment only a fortnight ago," he said. Mr. Afzaluddin said he would seek the intervention of the U.S. Consulate in India and Chief Minister Y. S Rajasekhara Reddy .