Published On : Sat, Sep 2nd, 2017

Indian student cremated in Texas, friend remains critical

A 24-year-old Indian student who died after he was rescued from a swollen lake in the hurricane-hit US state of Texas, has been cremated.

Nikhil Bhatia, a PhD student at the Texas A&M University, was rescued from the Lake Bryan, where he along with Shalini Singh had gone swimming, last Saturday.

Bhatia, originally from Jaipur, along with Singh, 25, from New Delhi, was admitted to a hospital in a critical condition.

Bhatia died in a hospital on Wednesday while Singh continues to be in a critical condition, according to officials at the Indian Consulate in Houston.

Singh was pursuing masters degree in public health from the same university.

Funeral of Bhatia took place yesterday in the presence of his mother and close friends.

According to the consulate office, Bhatia’s mother Suman Bhatia will be leaving for India on September 4 and will carry his ashes with her.

Bhatia, originally from Jaipur, had completed his schooling from Jaipur and did his engineering in Vellore.

He recently graduated from Texas A&M University in water management and hydrological science and had enrolled in a PhD programme for fall session.

Bhatia was the only child of Suman, a lecturer in a government college, and Pradeep Bhatia, a defence staffer.