After another Indian-American man found dead in US, Sushma Swaraj steps in quickly, says ‘only a family issue’

By: | Published: March 6, 2017 12:26 PM

A 29-year-old Indian-American man has been found dead in the US state of New Jersey, an incident which the family has described as a "personal issue".

The sources strongly cautioned that the incident should not be seen as linked to a possible hate crime since all details are still not available and the family too has termed it as a personal issue. (Reuters)

A 29-year-old Indian-American man has been found dead in the US state of New Jersey, an incident which the family has described as a “personal issue”. Sources here said the cause of the death last week was still unknown and the medical examiner’s office was investigating the incident which took place in Jersey city. More details were not immediately known. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted yesterday that the Indian Consulate here “has spoken to the father of the deceased in Massachusetts. He says this is a personal family tragedy”. Consulate officials have reached out to the deceased’s family in Massachusetts and sources said the family has requested privacy, saying “it is a personal family matter”. The sources strongly cautioned that the incident should not be seen as linked to a possible hate crime since all details are still not available and the family too has termed it as a personal issue.

India has conveyed its “deep concerns” to the US government over recent tragic incidents involving Indian-origin people including Hardish Patel who was shot dead in South Carolina. “Amb @NavtejSarna convyd r deep concerns to US Gov on recent tragic incidents involving Hardish Patel & Deep Rai,” Embassy of India in Washington tweeted today. “Amb @NavtejSarna underlined need to prevent such incidents and protect Indian community,” it said in another tweet. Patel, 43, Indian-origin store owner in the US was shot dead outside his home on Thursday, just days after an Indian engineer was killed in Kansas in a hate crime shooting that had sent shockwaves across the country. 39-year-old Sikh man, Deep Rai, in the US has been shot outside his home by a partially-masked gunman who shouted “go back to your own country”, in a suspected hate crime.

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