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Indian techie holidaying in Mexico killed in crossfire between drug gangs in restaurant

Anjali Ryot and her husband had gone to Mexico to celebrate her birthday on October 22 from San Jose. (Photo: Facebook@Anjali Ryot)

A 29-year-old Indian woman working in California’s Silicon Valley was killed on Wednesday as she got caught in the crossfire between two drug gangs at a restaurant in Mexico’s coastal resort city of Tulum where she had gone on a holiday with her husband, according to media reports.

The woman Anjali Ryot was killed along with a German tourist, Jennifer Henzold while some other tourists were injured in the exchange of gunfire between the two gangs, according to a report in Californianewstimes.com.

Anjali’s Instagram account describes her as a travel blogger from Himachal Pradesh, India, living in San Jose. Anjali had been working as a senior site reliability engineer with LinkedIn since July before which she was employed with Yahoo.

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Authorities said that the shootout was a confrontation between two notorious rival gangs of drug peddlers. Anjali and the other tourists were collateral victims.

According to a PTI report, Anjali’s family in Himachal Pradesh was shattered when they were informed about her death. Her father, who works in the Himachal Pradesh animal husbandry department, said she had spent three-four months with them in Solan last year after the coronavirus outbreak before leaving for California.  

Efforts are being made to bring her body to Solan for the last rites, he added.