Indian Student Attacked and Robbed in Chicago, Prompting Concerns for Safety Abroad

Chicago, IL – An Indian student, Syed Mazahir Ali, studying for a Master’s degree in the United States faced a harrowing experience when he was attacked and robbed by four armed assailants near his residence in Chicago. Ali, originally from Langar Houz in Hyderabad, sustained severe injuries and was left bleeding after the attackers assaulted him and forcibly took his phone.

Security footage captured three of the attackers following Ali near his residence on Campbell Avenue in Chicago during the early hours of Tuesday. A separate video shows Ali recounting the traumatic experience, explaining how he was confronted by the assailants while returning home with food. The distress and bleeding Ali can be heard pleading for help in the video.

Following the incident, the Indian consulate in Chicago has been in contact with Ali’s wife, Syeda Ruquiya Fatima Razvi, in India, offering all possible assistance and coordinating with local authorities overseeing the investigation.

Expressing grave concern for her husband’s safety, Ali’s wife, Ruqiya Fatima, reached out to India’s External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, seeking legal assistance and the best medical treatment for her husband. She also requested arrangements to travel to the USA with their three minor children to be by Ali’s side during this difficult time.

This recent attack adds to a series of tragic incidents involving Indian students in the United States, including the recent deaths of Shreyas Reddy Beniger in Ohio, Neel Acharya in Indiana, and Vivek Saini in Georgia.

The incidents have raised concerns about the safety and security of international students in the United States and have prompted calls for improved measures to protect them. There have been calls for greater cooperation between local law enforcement and the Indian consulate to ensure the safety and well-being of Indian students studying in the United States.