Reacting on an attack on two Indians in the US midwestern state of Kansas in which one which one was killed and another was injured, former Indian envoy to the country Naresh Chandra said that this wasn’t the first time that the incident like that happened in the country. While pointing that it was an hate crime, he said that such kind of incident has happened in the US before.
Stressing that these kind of incidents have shown dangerous trends among disgruntled people of the US, Naresh Chandra also said that in the run up to the US Presidential elections recently, passions were wiped out against immigrants and foreigners, which lately has become white vs non whites.
The former envoy, while expressing satisfaction on the prompt action taken by the FBI and local police, he said that it was not enough and the Donald Trump administration, which must be watching it carefully, has to do more so that such kind of incidents are not repeated in the country again.
While voicing concern on some of the appointment’s made by Donald Trump after taking over as the US president said that they are not liberal and have been making speeches which aroused the feeling of victimhood among locals.
Earlier in the day, the Minister of External Affairs of India Sushma Swaraj gave condolences to the bereaved family of Srinivas Kuchibhotla who has been killed in a shooting incident in Kansas. She said that she was shocked to hear about the incident and immediately contacted the Indian Ambassador in the US, Navtej Sarna who confirmed that two Indian officials have rushed to Kansas.
An Indian engineer was killed and another injured when an American man opened fire on them after allegedly yelling “get out of my country”, with the local police calling it as a “possible hate crime”. Srinivas Kunchubhotla, 32, working at the Garmin headquarters in Olathe, was killed in the shooting on Wednesday night, while another Indian and his colleague Alok Madasani was critically injured and is battling for life at a local hospital.
Another identified as Ian Grillot was also injured in the shooting. The accused, Adam Purinton, 51, was arrested on Thursday morning, five hours after the incident. “It was a tragic and senseless act of violence,” Olathe Police Chief Steven Menke told reporters.
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According to local media reports, he yelled “get out of my country” at the Indians. Purinton, a navy veteran, later reportedly told a bartender in Clinton, Missouri, where he was hiding that he killed two Middle Eastern persons, the Kansas City Star said.
The Indian Embassy has swung into action and two senior officials of the Indian Consulate in Houston have been sent to Kansas to assist the victims’ families. “Consul Ravindra Joshi and Vice Consul Harpal Singh rushed to Kansas to assist shooting victim. They are on their way and will reach by evening,” the consulate said in a tweet.