US shooting: Sushma Swaraj reacts to hate crime attack on Sikh man in Kent, expresses sorrow, speaks to kin

By: | Updated: March 5, 2017 1:17 PM

Within hours of the shooting of a 39-year-old Sikh man Deep Rai in the US, External Affairs Minsiter Sushma Swaraj reacted on Twitter to express her sorrow over the hate crime.

Within hours of the shooting of a 39-year-old Sikh man Deep Rai in the US, External Affairs Minsiter Sushma Swaraj reacted on Twitter to express her sorrow over the hate crime. (PTI)

Within hours of the shooting of a 39-year-old Sikh man Deep Rai in the US, External Affairs Minsiter Sushma Swaraj reacted on Twitter to express her sorrow over the hate crime. The man was shot outside his home in the city of Kent in Washington state on Friday by a gunman who shouted ‘go back to your own country’. The shooting happened when a stranger approached the victim and fired his gun, according to the Seattle Times. This is the third racist crime against Indians in just 2 weeks.

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Reacting to this latest shameful act was Sushma Swaraj who posted this update on her Twitter account: “I am sorry to know about attack on Deep Rai a US national of Indian origin. I have spoken to Sardar Harpal Singh father of the victim.” Revealing what the conversation was about, MEA Swaraj said, “He told me that his son had a bullet injury on his arm. He is out of danger and is recovering in a private hospital.”


Meanwhile, Kent’s police chief said that Police in a Seattle suburb are investigating a possible hate crime after a masked gunman shot a Sikh man after telling him to get out of the country. The victim, 39, suffered a non-life threatening injury. He was working on his vehicle in his driveway at around 8 p.m. local time (11 p.m. ET) when he was confronted by a man and shot.

The shooting comes days after a businessman was found dead outside his home in South Carolina. The 49-year-old businessman, identified as Harnish Patel, reportedly died of bullet wounds. Expressing her heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family, Sushma said she was pained to hear about the killing and the Indian Consul General has met his family members. Last month, two Indian engineers were shot at by a 51-year-old Navy veteran at a bar in Kansas. US President Donald Trump condemned the shooting in his first address before the Congress.

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