According to information reaching the family of Sankeerth (25) here on Tuesday, he was murdered in his room in Austin, Texas late on July 18.
Police detained Sai Sandeep Goud, one of the roommates of the victim and were questioning him.
Another room-mate of Sankeerth told police that Sankeerth had a quarrel with Goud.
Sankeerth had gone to the US two and a half years ago for studying Master of Science programme and after completing the education, had joined a job in Austin three months ago.
Goud had reportedly checked into his room early this month.
Sankeerth’s father G. Vijaykumar, a government employee and mother Ramadevi were shocked on receiving the news.
A pall of gloom descended on their house located at Badi Chowdi in Sultan Bazar.
Relatives said they were making efforts to bring home the body by the weekend.