US Shootings: India conveys ‘deep concerns’ to Trump administration over recent incidents

By: | Updated: March 6, 2017 12:31 AM

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.

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. (Reuters)

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.

The shooting of a Sikh man by a partially-masked gunman is being investigated as a possible hate crime, as concern among the Indian community about their safety in the US increased. Deep Rai, a US national, was working on his vehicle outside his home on Friday night in the city of Kent when an unidentified man approached him. The man shouted “go back to your own country” and then shot Rai in the arm following an argument.

The Kent Police Department is investigating the shooting that left Rai wounded as a possible hate crime, according to a report in KIRO 7 news. He has described the shooter as a six-feet-tall white man, wearing a mask covering the lower half of his face. Kent police are looking for the gunman. “To think this could happen in our community is very surprising and very disappointing,” police Chief Ken Thomas was quoted as saying in the report. Thomas added the suspect and the victim did not know each other.

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“This is the first incident of this magnitude that I am aware of in the city of Kent,” Thomas said. Members of the Sikh community had contacted law enforcement officials and were pushing authorities, including the FBI, to investigate this as a hate crime. One man said a lot of people are scared and couldn’t believe something like this could happen here. “All they see is a person with a turban, so it could have easily been me,” Amarjit Singh was quoted in the report as saying.

The case is the latest in a series of troubling incidents of apparent hate crimes, where members of the Indian community have been targeted. Last month, 32-year-old Indian engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla was killed and his friend Alok Madasani was injured after a US Navy veteran opened gun fire at them, yelling “get out of my country”.

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