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Indian PhD student dies, struck by truck in London

Written by  Annesha Barua -- March 25th 2024 09:38 AM
Indian PhD student dies, struck by truck in London

Indian PhD student dies, struck by truck in London

PTC News Desk: Tragedy struck in London as Cheistha Kochhar, a 33-year-old Indian PhD student at the London School of Economics, lost her life after being struck by a truck while cycling back to her apartment. Kochhar, who had previously worked at NITI Aayog, was pursuing her doctoral studies in Behavioural Science.

The heartbreaking incident occurred last week, leaving the Indian community in shock and mourning the loss of a bright young scholar. Former CEO of NITI Aayog, Amitabh Kant, expressed his sorrow on social media, remembering Kochhar's contribution to the #LIFE programme and her dedication to her academic pursuits at LSE.


Kochhar's father, Lieutenant General Dr SP Kochhar, shared a poignant tribute on LinkedIn, describing the devastating loss of his daughter and the pain of collecting her remains in London. The accident occurred when Kochhar was cycling home, with her husband Prashant riding ahead of her. Despite his efforts to rush her to the hospital, she tragically succumbed to her injuries on the spot.

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Originally from Gurugram, Haryana, Kochhar had relocated to London in September 2023 to pursue her PhD. Before joining LSE, she had completed her education at prestigious institutions such as Delhi University, Ashoka University, and universities in Pennsylvania and Chicago.

The untimely demise of Cheistha Kochhar has left a profound void in the hearts of her family, friends, and academic community, as they grapple with the loss of a talented and vibrant individual whose promising future was cut short by a tragic accident.

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(Inputs from agencies)

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