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CHASING THE AMERICAN DREAM: Subway shove victim identified as Sunando Sen, 46, a determined, business-minded immigrant who had lived in the U.S. for the past 20 years

Sen was co-owner of a Manhattan printing business before he was shoved to his death in the elevated 40th St./Lowery St. station. The Indian immigrant was run over by No. 7 train on Thursday night. Cops are searching for a heavyset Hispanic woman, about 5-foot-5, in her 20s.

For 20 years, industrious immigrant Sunando Sen worked relentlessly for his piece of the American Dream — only to lose everything in mere seconds after a psycho’s shove.

Sen, 46, died gruesomely beneath a Queens-bound subway just six months after proudly opening his own printing business in Manhattan, his devastated roommates said Friday.

“Seven days a week he worked,” said friend Ar Suman, 33, a cab driver. “He wanted to be his own boss...He was very excited to have his own business.”

The former Calcutta resident was putting in long hours at the New Amsterdam Printing Co. before a demented woman ended his life with a two-handed shove onto the elevated tracks.

“He was so gentle and nice,” said another Queens roommate, M.D. Khan. “He was such a nice guy. Always happy. It’s unbearable.”

The unmarried Sen, a college-educated graphic designer, enjoyed American movies and music on his iPod — but spent most of his time focused on launching a self-run printing company.

“I didn’t know anything about the business,” said Sanjeeb Das, his business partner, financial backer and best friend. “He knew everything.”

Sen came to Manhattan in the early 1990s to attend New York University, and wound up living with Das in Sunnyside from 1998 to 2005.

“We were close like brothers,” said Das, 43, who moved out to get married. “Every weekend, he came to my house. He loved my small son.”

The kind-hearted victim, the city’s second subway-shove fatality of the month, has no relatives in the U.S. — and both his parents are dead.

“He didn’t have anybody in the world,” said Das, who spent a sleepless night after learning of the tragedy.

The hunt for the squat murder suspect sent police to local psychiatric wards and homeless shelters as investigators checked MetroCards purchases and chased other leads.
“We’re reasonably confident we will be able to identify the perpetrator,” said NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly.

A sketch of the suspect was later released and a $12,000 reward announced.

Sen had no contact with the agitated woman responsible for his death before she suddenly pushed the unsuspecting victim as the 11-car train rumbled into the station, police said.

She was alternately mumbling, swearing and speaking to herself minutes earlier as Sen tried to stay warm by ducking into the station stairwell and peering out for the train.

The attacker “was sitting down as this man went to see if the train was approaching,” said NYPD spokesman Paul Browne. “She got up...and she came up behind him and pushed him onto the tracks.”

There was no time to stop the already-braking train or for five horrified eyewitnesses to rescue the doomed Sen. His body was found under the second car of the No. 7 train, dead from blunt impact injuries to the head.

Cops offered no motive for the seemingly random attack at the 40th St./Lowery St. stop in Sunnyside.

The suspect, after watching Sen’s fall, made a beeline for the stairs. Police released a surveillance video showing her running down the street below the tracks.

The suspect was described as a heavy-set Hispanic woman, about 5-foot-5, in her 20s and wearing a blue, white and gray ski jacket. She wore a pair of gray-and-red Nike sneakers.

Nervous straphangers at the Queens subway station kept a wary eye on the platform during the Friday morning rush hour.

“A random person pushing you onto the tracks — it’s every New Yorker’s worst nightmare,” said rider Mary Kang, 26, while waiting for a No. 7 to visit her mother.

“I know the chances are it won’t happen to me, but I can’t get it out of my mind,” added Kang — who stood a full 7 feet from the platform’s edge.

Isabella Reyes, 33, was spooked by the thought of two similar subway shove deaths in less than a month. A Queens man died on Dec. 3 in midtown when a drifter shoved him in front of an oncoming Q train.

“One time is a fluke,” said the Queens resident. “Twice is a pattern. I don’t want to be the next victim.”
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