2005 Bhangra Blowout wrongful death lawsuit settled out of court

A wrongful death lawsuit filed in 2006 against the University, the South Asian Society and multiple security companies was settled out of court last month, according to court documents.

The family of Ranjit Singh, 20, had asked for $6 million in compensation, but terms of the settlement have not been revealed. Singh was murdered in 2005 outside of an after-party for Bhangra Blowout, an annual dance competition sponsored by the South Asian Society.

Geoffrey Allen, counsel for the Singh family, said he could not comment because the terms of the settlement are confidential, but told The Hatchet in 2006 that the family just wanted to find out who was at fault.

Singh was killed outside the Old Post Office Pavilion, a federal building where the after-party was held. The lawsuit alleged that GW, SAS, and the other defendants failed to provide adequate security at the event, the lack of which resulted in the stabbing.

University spokeswoman Michelle Sherrard declined to comment on the lawsuit, saying litigation is still pending. Members of the SAS did not respond to requests for comment.

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