On Sunday night, Goa Police arrested Suchana Seth, CEO of Mindful AI Lab, in Chitradurga, Karnataka. The motive for the killing remains undisclosed. Police official reported the arrest of Suchana Seth on Tuesday, the 39-year old CEO of Mindful AI Lab, a Bengaluru AI start-up, for the alleged murder of her four-year-old son in Goa. Following the incident, Seth purportedly transported the body to Karnataka, as per the official statement.
Suchana Seth background-
Suchana Seth, CEO of Mindful AI Lab, is acclaimed for her AI ethics expertise and data science leadership spanning over 12 years. Her LinkedIn profile highlights her recognition as one of the ‘100 Brilliant Women in AI Ethics for 2021’. With a background encompassing mentoring data science teams and implementing scalable machine learning solutions in startups and research labs, she’s been associated with prestigious institutions like Mozilla Fellow at Data & Society, a fellow at the Berkman Klein Centre at Harvard University, and a research fellow at the Raman Research Institute. Seth boasts patents in natural language processing.
According to Superintendent of Police (North) Nidhin Valsan, Seth, originally from West Bengal, resides in Bengaluru while her husband, Venkat Raman, hails from Kerala and is presently in Indonesia. Valsan mentioned that Raman, the estranged husband, has been informed about the incident.
Details of Murder-
Suchana Seth arrived at a rented service apartment in North Goa’s Candolim on January 6, accompanied by her son, as shared by Calangute police station inspector Paresh Naik to news agency PTI.
After a brief stay, Seth expressed her intention to travel to Bengaluru for work and requested a taxi arrangement from the apartment staff, Naik mentioned. Despite suggestions for a more economical flight option, she insisted on a taxi. On January 8, she departed for Bengaluru in the early morning in the arranged vehicle. However, upon cleaning the room after her departure, apartment staff discovered bloodstains on a towel and promptly informed Calangute Police. Additionally, they noted Seth’s absence with her son and her departure with an unusually heavy bag.
Upon questioning by the police regarding the bloodstains and her son’s whereabouts, Seth claimed the stains were due to her menstrual cycle and asserted her son was with a friend in Margao, South Goa. However, the provided address turned out to be false, prompting immediate action by the authorities. Contact was established with the taxi driver enroute to Bengaluru in Chitradurga district. Upon inspection of Seth’s bag, the police discovered the child’s body. Subsequently, a team from Calangute Police rushed to Chitradurga, obtained Seth’s transit remand, and brought her back to Goa. Authorities have notified Seth’s husband, Venkat Raman, who is presently in Jakarta, about the incident, Naik added.