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An IITian from Kharagpur, Mainak Sarkar also linked to another killing in Brooklyn Park

According to a marriage license application Sarkar, hails from Durgapur in West Bengal and got married to Ashley Erin Hasti in 2011

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  • Mainak Sarkar had shifted to the US only in 2000s after a successful stint as a software developer in South India
  • The killings are believed to have been provoked by Sarkar’s anger on Klug for stealing his computer code
  • A body of a woman was found in 2400 block of Pearson Parkway in Brooklyn, which was later identified as one in the killer’s ‘kill list’

The gunman identified as “Mainak Sarkar” in connection with the killing of the UCLA engineering professor, William Klug has in a shocking disclosure been linked to another killing in Brooklyn Park, north of Minneapolis.

A body of a woman was found in 2400 block of Pearson Parkway in Brooklyn, which was later identified as one in the killer’s ‘kill list’. The 38-year-old Mainak Sarkar, before travelling 2000 miles to kill Klug, had shot dead the woman in Minnesota, according to the Los Angeles Police. Officials haven’t disclosed the name of the woman yet.

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“In the residence in Minnesota, we found multiple items, including extra ammunition and also a note with names on it indicating a kill list,” Los Angeles police chief Charlie Beck told Los Angeles television station. The list had the wording “kill list” on it, says Beck. The list also had the name of another professor, who is unharmed.

Police on UCLA campus after the shooting. Image source: bbc.com
Police on UCLA campus after the shooting. Image source: bbc.com

“Your enemy is my enemy. But your friend can do a lot more harm. Be careful about whom you trust,” says a blog post by Sarkar, dated March.

The killings are believed to have been provoked by Sarkar’s anger on Klug for stealing his computer code. While this appears to be the cause as of now, UCLA denies such claims.

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Sarkar was armed with two 9mm pistols and multiple ammunition clips, said Police. As further investigation continues in the case, it became known that he had shifted to the US only in 2000s after a successful stint as a software developer in South India.

Sarkar, hailing from Durgapur in West Bengal got married to Ashley Erin Hasti in 2011, according to a marriage license application obtained by Reuters. He is described as “brilliant”, “able” and “trustworthy” by friends and colleagues.

-by Maariyah, an intern at NewsGram. Twitter: @MaariyahSid

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As India gears up for the coming general election, Twitter has announced to bring its Ads Transparency Centre to India on March 11 that allows everyone to view political ads with details like ad spend and targeting demographics.

In the Ads Transparency Centre dashboard, people can view ads that have run on Twitter within the last seven days from any Twitter handle.

“If an ad is reported and taken down from Twitter, it will be archived in the Ads Transparency Centre within approximately 24 hours,” Twitter India said in a statement.

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“For India political advertisers that fall under the Political Campaigning Policy, you will be able to see further details, including billing information, ad spend, and impressions data per Tweet,a said the micro-blogging platform.

Additionally, it would show demographic targeting data for the ads being served, both intended by the advertiser and actually delivered by Twitter.

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“We are making it clearer who is advertising Indian political campaign content on Twitter by including a visual label and disclaimer information on promoted content from certified accounts.

“This will allow users to easily identify political campaign ads and to know who paid for them,” said Twitter that is facing the heat in the country on presence of political bias on its platform.

No login or Twitter account would be required to access the Ads Transparency Centre.

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Only certified advertisers will be allowed to run political campaigning ads on our service. Political advertisers must apply now for certification and go through every step of the process,” said Twitter, adding that the Indian election is a priority for the company.

Twitter has been accused by the government of being “slow” in removing “objectionable content” from its platform.

The Parliamentary Committee on Information Technology (IT) has summoned Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on February 25 over measures taken to ensure the safety and security of the users and allegations that the social media site is discriminating against “nationalist” posts on its platform. (IANS)