Kansas shooting: After killing of techie, Telugu body issues advisory for Indians in US

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Updated: March 02, 2017 2:58 PM

Following the death of an Indian techie, Srinivas Kuchibhotla in the USA on February 22, a Telugu body has provided some tips on how to behave in the country. The Telangana American Telugu Association has issued some advisory to Indians on how to behave in public.

Telangana American Telugu Association, telugu, tata, Srinivas Kuchibhotla, Kansas, Kansas Shooting, Congressman Kevin Yoder, Senator Jerry Moran, H1B visa, Sunayna Dumala, Indian techieThe Facebook post also has the picture of Srinivas Kuchibhotla, as a context of the unfortunate events at a Kansas City Bar. Kuchibhotla was killed in a crowded suburban Kansas City bar. (IE)

Following the death of an Indian techie, Srinivas Kuchibhotla in the USA on February 22, a Telugu body has provided some tips on how to behave in the country. The Telangana American Telugu Association has issued some advisory to Indians on how to behave in public. The most notable advice in the list is that the body asks you top avoid speaking in your mother tongue as it may often be misconstrued. The association, also termed as T.A.T.A. has some more tips on how Indians can save themselves from ‘hate crime’ in the country. Jhansi Reddy, who is the head of the association, in a Facebook post wrote: “Some tips for community members and South Asian descent during these challenging times. Please be aware of your surroundings and say something if you see anything suspicious.” She added, “Our deep condolence to this Telugu family. We were sad to hear this news. We wish to give all of our strength and support to this family with our heart. May his soul Rest In Peace.”

There are many other tips in the list, including not getting into an argument in public places and if someone tries provoking you to avoid the confrontation and leave the area. On the language front, the list says that one must try and communicate in English, as much as possible. TATA asks Indians to avoid isolated places and not to travel to alone. It has asked the Indians to call 911 in case of any emergency, as the officers do come and help. The advisory, finally says, “life is very precious’.

The post on Facebook has the name of Vikram Jangam who is the General Secretary of the Association. The post also has the picture of Srinivas Kuchibhotla, as a context of the unfortunate events at a Kansas City Bar. Kuchibhotla was killed in a crowded suburban Kansas City bar, where he was shot. Adam Purinton, the killer, reportedly used ‘racial slurs’ ahead of the shooting during a University of Kansas-TCU basketball game being played on television.

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