Indian Here On Student Visa Set Fire At Rutgers University, Lawyer Says Client Is Mentally Ill

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — A former Rutgers student has been charged with setting a fire in a school building last week that forced the evacuation of more than 200 students taking a final exam.

Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey said Thursday that 21-year-old Shayam Sridhar, of Edison, was charged with second-degree aggravated arson. Prosecutors say he set the fire last Saturday in the Allison Road Classroom at Rutgers’ Busch campus in Piscataway.

He was being held on $75,000 bail at the Middlesex County Adult Corrections Center. It wasn’t immediately clear if he had an attorney.

Prosecutors say he left Rutgers after spending time as a student this semester but that he planned to return next month.

No one was injured in the fire, but prosecutors say it heavily damaged portions of a hallway and classroom.

*Update: NBC 10 recently reported:

The defense lawyer for a former Rutgers University student charged with setting fire to a campus building says his client suffers from mental illness.

NJ.com reports that William Fetky said during opening arguments of Shyam Sridhar’s trial Tuesday that he has a history of mental illness, including schizophrenia.

Sridhar is on trial on charges of attempted murder, aggravated arson and other trials.

Prosecutors say he set fire to a 30-foot section of hallway and classroom of a building at Rutgers’ Busch Campus in December 2014.

Sridhar’s psychiatrist says he’s not a danger to others as long as he takes his medication.

6 thoughts on “Indian Here On Student Visa Set Fire At Rutgers University, Lawyer Says Client Is Mentally Ill

  1. Meds only stabilizes them…..they can still have delusions and hallucinations…..schizoph are known to stop their meds…and then they can have persecutory delusions…..if they think you’re after them or going to hurt them They DO BECOME DANGEROUS. Get real…the very fact he set a FIRE IS DANGEROUS…..REAL FACTS

    • I agree. I wonder why we take all sorts of these savages here. Doubtful he will ever go home. Once here he will stay as he can rob us of social security ssi and medicaid and free food stamps etc. Why go to India where he would have to hold a job and work for a living.

      We take all sorts of brown and black people in and give the welfare for generations then these criminals turn around and commit crimes.

      If you ask me the psychiatrists are as nuts as the patients.

      Send him home.

  2. While I might feel empathy for those who live in third world nations, I disagree with Obama’s belief that US taxpayers should be funding Ivy league education for dirt bags who only want to harm those who pay their freight. Deport his ass now!

  3. This guy is not nuts, he figured out how to get to the US. We need to stop so many student visas.
    First we educate our American citizens before we take in foreign students.

    This guy is not nuts, he is smart enough to stay in America, apply for welfare etc

    If he was nuts he would go home and find a job.

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