Kopar Khairane
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After a US cop’s viral video’mocking’ Jaahnavi Kandula’s death, India demands an investigation

<p>India has ordered an exhaustive probe into the murder of Jaahnavi Kandula, an Indian student who was killed in January of this year while crossing a roadway in Seattle, Washington, by a police vehicle. The Indian Consulate General in San Francisco described the occurrence as “deeply troubling” on X, where a police officer was overheard laughing with colleagues and making fun of the 23-year-old graduate student’s death. The mission posted on platform X (previously Twitter) that it has “taken up the matter strongly with local authorities in Seattle & Washington State as well as senior officials in Washington DC for a thorough investigation & action against those involved in this tragic case.”<img decoding=”async” class=”alignnone wp-image-180534″ src=”https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/theindiaprint.com-download-46-4.jpg” alt=”theindiaprint.com download 46 4″ width=”1339″ height=”750″ srcset=”https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/theindiaprint.com-download-46-4.jpg 300w, https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/theindiaprint.com-download-46-4-150×84.jpg 150w” sizes=”(max-width: 1339px) 100vw, 1339px” title=”After a US cop's viral video'mocking' Jaahnavi Kandula's death, India demands an investigation 6″></p>
<p>A police watchdog organization had already started an inquiry against Daniel Auderer, a Seattle Police Department officer and vice president of the Seattle Police Officers Guild, for making jokes about the woman’s death. Officer Kevin Dave fatally hit Jaahnavi Kandula in a crosswalk on January 23. Officer Daniel Auderer talks about the investigation into the incident in the video. Kandula attended Northeastern University’s Seattle campus.</p>
<p>The Seattle Police Department’s bodycam video showed Auderer chatting on the phone with Seattle Police Officers’ Guild President Mike Solan. After Jaahnavi was struck on January 23 by a vehicle that was designated as a “patrol vehicle,” the two were overheard laughing about her. In the footage, Auderer can be heard stating “she’s dead,” “it’s a regular person,” and then laughing. “Just write a check for $11,000, she was 26 anyway, she had limited value,” he said.</p>
<p>Following the incident, the graduate student from Northeastern University’s Seattle campus passed away instantly. According to The Seattle Times, she was scheduled to obtain her master’s degree in information systems in December.</p>
<p>Although Solan’s answer was not captured on video, it is known that Auderer accepted responsibility for his conduct in a written statement to the city’s office.</p>
<p>Clarification from Auderer<br />
Jason Rantz, a host of the conservative talk show on KTTH-AM, claimed to have gotten the written statement Auderer gave to the city’s Office of Police Accountability. In it, Auderer said that Solan had expressed grief at the passing and that his own remarks were an attempt to imitate the tactics the city’s lawyers may use to disassociate themselves from any blame.</p>
<p>According to KTTH, Auderer said, “I intended the comment as a mockery of lawyers.” “I laughed at the ridiculousness of how these incidents are litigated and at the ridiculousness of how I watched these incidents play out as two parties bargain over a tragedy.”</p>
<p>Jaahnavi Kandula: Who Was She?<br />
Jaahnavi was from the Kurnool area of Andhra Pradesh.</p>
<p>She was scheduled to get her diploma from the South Lake Union campus of Northeastern University in December.</p>
<p>She was in her last year of a Master of Science in Information Systems at the Engineering college when she traveled to the US from Bengaluru as part of a student exchange program in 2021 to pursue a master’s degree.</p>
<p>US guarantees a swift inquiry<br />
The Indian government has received assurances from the Biden administration that a prompt inquiry would be conducted into the murder of Indian student Jaahnavi Kandula in Seattle after she was killed by a speeding police patrol vehicle and that the culpable police personnel will be brought to justice.</p>
<p>After India’s ambassador to the US, Taranjit Singh Sandhu, vehemently brought up the matter in Washington and demanded immediate action about the death of Kandula and the egregiously insensitive actions of the police officer in Seattle, Washington state, the US government sprung into action.</p>

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