Indian student and former NITI Aayog employee dies after truck runs over her in London

Indian student dies in London
Indian student Cheistha Kochar dies in London. Photo Courtesy: Cheistha Kochar LinkedIn page

An Indian student died in a mishap after she was run over by a truck while cycling back to her home in central London recently.

The deceased was identified as Cheistha Kochar.

She was 33.

She was pursuing her PhD in Behavioural Science from the London School of Economics.

According to her LinkedIn page, she previously worked with NITI Aayog, the apex public policy think tank of the Government of India.

Cheistha Kochar was the daughter of retired Lieutenant General Dr SP Kochhar, Director General at Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI), reported India Today.

Amitabh Kant, former CEO of NITI Aayog, posted on X: “Cheistha Kochar worked with me on the #LIFE programme in @NITIAayog. She was in the #Nudge unit and had gone to do her Ph.D in behavioural science at #LSE Passed away in a terrible traffic incident while cycling in London. She was bright, brilliant & brave and always full of life. Gone away too early. RIP.”

Her father, who went to London to collect her body, wrote on Linkedin: “I am still in London trying to collect the remains of my daughter, Cheistha Kochhar. She was run over by a truck on 19 Mar while cycling back from LSE, where she was doing her PhD.”

“It has devasted us and her large circle of friends. If you have had any memories with her and if you wish to share them, you may do so at the following link. Can be testimonials, photos, videos or stories. You may even share this with others if you desire,” he said.

According to reports, no arrests have been made so far.