Syed Mazahir Ali, an Indian student pursuing a Master’s degree in the United States, was brutally attacked by four robbers in Chicago on Sunday, February 4th. The incident has sparked widespread concern over the safety of Indian-origin students in the country, following a string of similar attacks in recent times.

Who is Syed Mazahir Ali?

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Syed Mazahir Ali (x/@amjedmbt)

Ali, a resident of Langar Houz in Hyderabad, had travelled to the US to pursue his academic aspirations at Indiana Wesleyan University. The attack occurred near his apartment on Campbell Avenue, as he was returning home with a packet of food in his hand.

In a distressing video shared online, Ali can be seen bleeding profusely as he recounts the harrowing ordeal. He describes how he was accosted by four men who assaulted him and fled with his phone. CCTV footage of the incident corroborates Ali’s account, showing three individuals chasing him near his residence.

The video captures the desperate attempts of Ali to evade his attackers, only to be overtaken and subjected to further violence when he slipped near his house. The attackers ruthlessly kicked and punched him before fleeing the scene with his phone. Throughout the video, Ali can be heard pleading for help, highlighting the severity of the situation and his vulnerable state.

The incident has reignited concerns about the safety and security of Indian students studying abroad, particularly in the United States. This attack comes in the wake of several similar incidents, including the recent tragic death of Shreyas Reddy Beniger, a student at the Linder School of Business in Ohio, and the fatal assault on Vivek Saini from Haryana in Georgia.

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As Ali continues to recover from his injuries, authorities are under pressure to investigate the incident thoroughly and ensure the perpetrators are brought to justice. The Indian government, through its External Affairs Ministry, has been urged to intervene and provide assistance to Ali and his family during this challenging time.