Hyderabad student attacked in Chicago, family seeks govt intervention

A student from Hyderabad, Telangana, was brutally attacked by four robbers in Chicago.

Syed Mazahir Ali seen after the attack/Screengrab of a video of his attack / X - @amjedmbt

Syed Mazhar Ali, a student hailing from Hyderabad, was brutally attacked by four robbers in Chicago earlier this week.

The incident comes amid recent incidents of fatal attacks on several Indian students, including Vivek Saini, raising concerns about the security of Indian students abroad.

According to media reports, Ali was mobbed by unknown assailants when he was making his way home around 1:18 AM. In a video message filmed right after the assault, Ali was seen bleeding profusely from severe injuries to his face and head. 

In the video posted on X, Ali can be heard saying  that his attackers punched him repeatedly on his face, ribs, and back, before taking off with his mobile phone and wallet. Ali’s wife in a letter addressed to the Minister of External Affairs, S Jaishankar has requested medical and legal assistance in the matter.In response to the attack Telangana CM Revanth Reddy wrote on social media, "Very disconcerted to learn of the attack on Syed Mazhar Ali... I request Hon'ble External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar to kindly convey our concerns over the safety of our students and citizens living there.”

Reddy further assured that a dedicated help desk will be established for students residing abroad, emphasizing the government's commitment to the well-being of its citizens overseas. This came after Ali’s wife, Syeda Ruquiya Fatima Razvi, pleaded for support. 

The Consulate General of India in Chicago has also affirmed its engagement with Ali and his wife in India to provide necessary assistance. “Consulate is in touch with Syed Mazahir Ali and his wife in India Syeda Ruquiya Fatima Razvi and assured all possible assistance. Consulate has also contacted the local authorities who are investigating the case,” the embassy wrote on X.