A relative of Srinivas Kuchibhotla, an Indian-origin engineer who was gunned down by an American navy veteran at a restaurant in Olathe, Kansas, blamed the United States president Donald Trump for the hate crime.
“US newly-elected president Donald Trump is the primary reason behind the hate crime that took place at a bar in Kansas,” a relative of Kuchibhotla said while adding that this is the first incident of its own which has taken place in the family.
Earlier on February 22, an American man opened fire on a group of Indians after allegedly yelling “get out of my country” slurs at them.
Meanwhile, expressing concern over the killing, the United States (US) Embassy in New Delhi has strongly condemned the act and assured the victim’s family of a fair probe in this case. The Embassy has also asserted that the US is a nation which welcomes people from other countries.
— Devirupa Mitra (@DevirupaM) February 24, 2017
Union Minister of External Affairs, Sushma Swaraj also offered her condolences to the departed’s family and assured of every possible help to them. She took to his Twitter account and wrote, “I am shocked at the shooting incident in Kansas in which Srinivas Kuchibhotla has been killed. My heartfelt condolences to bereaved family.”
“We will provide all help and assistance to the bereaved family,” she wrote further.
I have spoken to Indian Ambassador in US Mr.Navtej Sarna. He informed me that two Indian Embassy officials have rushed to Kansas.
— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) February 24, 2017
Five hours after the incident, the local police arrested 51-year-old US navy veteran Adam Purinton for the incident.