In­dian En­gi­neer Killed, An­other In­jured in US Hate Crime

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New Delhi: In­dia has rushed its diplo­mats to Kansas af­ter an In­di­ano­ri­gin man was killed and an­other in­jured by a for­mer US navy ser­vice­man who mis­took them for "Mid­dle Eastern­ers" in what was the first such in­ci­dent since Don­ald Trump took over as pres­i­dent and ini­ti­ated tougher rules for le­gal as well as il­le­gal mi­grants.

Two In­di­ans – Srini­vas Kuchib­hotla and Alok Madasani – were shot at in a bar in Olathe, Kansas. Srini­vas Kuchib­hotla was killed and Alok Madasani was in­jured. Dur­ing the in­ci­dent, a third per­son, an Amer­i­can, who tried to in­ter­vene, also re­ceived in­juries. The de­ceased and the in­jured per­sons are from Hy­der­abad and Waran­gal, re­spec­tively and have been work­ing at Garmin in Olathe (Kansas).

In­dian Con­sul RD Joshi has rushed from Hous­ton Con­sulate to Kansas to ren­der all pos­si­ble as­sis­tance. Vice con­sul Harpal Singh has also pro­ceeded from Dal­las to Kansas. “They will meet the in­jured and fa­cil­i­tate in bring­ing the mor­tal re­mains of the de­ceased and will be in touch with lo­cal po­lice of fi­cials to as­cer­tain more de­tails of the in­ci­dent and mon­i­tor fol­low up ac­tion. They will also meet the com­mu­nity mem­bers in Kansas,” MEA spokesper­son Vikas Swarup in­formed.

“We will pro­vide all help and as­sis­tance to the be­reaved fam­ily. The In­dian am­bas­sador has also in­formed me that Alok Madasani, who was in­jured in the in­ci­dent, has been dis­charged from the hos­pi­tal.”

“I have spo­ken to the fa­ther and KK Shas­tri, brother of Srini­vas Kuchib­hotla, in Hy­der­abad and con­veyed my con­do­lences to the fam­ily,” for­eign min­is­ter Sushma Swaraj tweeted. The non-In­dian Amer­i­can is be­ing hailed as a hero by lo­cal me­dia in Kansas as he tried to pro­tect the two dur­ing the at­tack. Srini­vas Kuchib­hotla died and Alok Madasani was in­jured when Adam W Pur­in­ton shot them af­ter telling them “get out of my coun­try”, The Kansas City Star quoted a wit­ness as say­ing.

VIC­TIM: Srini­vas Kuchib­hotla

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