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  1. Kansas shooting: MEA officials meet injured Indian after gunman kills techie friend

Kansas shooting: MEA officials meet injured Indian after gunman kills techie friend

The Ministry of External Affairs has confirmed that RD Joshi Consulate General of India, Houston and VC H. Singh have rushed to Kansas and will facilitate in bringing the mortal remains of the deceased, Srinivas Kuchibhotla.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: February 24, 2017 11:13 AM
Kansas, kansas shooting, kansas racial attack, indian killed in kansas, indian killed kansas, kansas hate crime Indian techie Srinivas Kuchibhotla was killed in a racist attack in Kansas. (Source: IE image)

In an immediate reaction, two Indian officials have rushed to Kansas to assist the victim of Kansas shooting, Srinivas Kuchibhotla. The Ministry of External Affairs has confirmed that RD Joshi Consulate General of India, Houston and VC H. Singh have rushed to Kansas and will facilitate in bringing the mortal remains of the deceased. Union Minister Sushma Swaraj also gave her condolences to the family of Srinivas and said that she immediately contacted the Indian Ambassador in the US, Navtej Sarna. She also mentioned that the other victim Alok Madasani who was injured in the incident has been discharged from the hospital.

RD Joshi has met Alok Madasani and confirmed that he is fine now. Anupam Ray, Consul General of India assured all the support needed for the victim:

RD Joshi Consulate General of India, Houston meets Kansas victim. (Source: ANI)

An Indian engineer was killed and two others 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. One other 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.

The accused has been charged with premeditated first-degree murder and his bond has been set at USD 2 million. According to Garmin, Kuchibhotla and Madasani worked in the company’s aviation systems. “We’re saddened that two Garmin associates were involved in last night’s (Wednesday night) incident, and we express our condolences to the family and friends of our co-workers involved. Garmin will have grievance counsellors on-site and available for its associates today and tomorrow,” Garmin said in a statement. The alleged hate crime has sent shocked waves among Indian-American and the Indian community across the United States.

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