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Update on classical dancer Amarnath Ghosh’s shooting death; suspect arrested

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Charges have been filed against one of the suspects allegedly involved in the fatal shooting of Amarnath Ghosh, an Indian American dancer who was studying at Washington University in St. Louis. According to a report by KSDK, prosecutors have charged 46-year-old Glenn Bailey with first-degree murder and armed criminal action in connection with Ghosh’s death.

Surveillance footage captured Bailey’s car driving down Delmar Boulevard, near Clarendon, moments before the shooting took place. Bailey, who admitted to selling drugs in the area and parking on the street where the incident occurred, is one of three suspects believed to have been involved in the shooting. As Ghosh jogged into the intersection, he was shot multiple times allegedly by Bailey and the other suspects, resulting in his tragic death in the street.

Police investigations revealed cartridge cases at the scene, indicating the use of three different firearms during the shooting. Bailey’s criminal history includes charges of robbery, assault, and unlawful use of a weapon in state court.

Amarnath Ghosh, a Bharatnatyam and Kuchipudi dancer hailing from Kolkata, was pursuing a Master of Fine Arts degree at Washington University in St. Louis. His untimely demise not only shocked his local community but reverberated across the globe, prompting expressions of grief and calls for justice.

Popular TV actress Devoleena Bhattacharjee, a friend of the deceased, reached out to Indian authorities, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Minister of External Affairs S. Jaishankar, seeking assistance in repatriating Ghosh’s body and uncovering the motive behind his murder. Ghosh, described as an excellent dancer with a passion for exploring cultural unity through art, had a promising future ahead of him.

Anupa Thakurta, a Bharatnatyam dance guru based in Atlanta, expressed shock and sadness at Ghosh’s tragic death. She remembered him as a talented and humble artist with aspirations to share his artistry with the world. Thakurta’s sentiments were echoed in heartfelt obituaries and tributes, which celebrated Ghosh’s visionary artistry and profound impact on those who had the privilege of witnessing his performances.

Cover photo courtesy: Amarnath Ghosh’s Facebook page.

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