Taking the case of Indian engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla’s killing in Kansas to another level, the Indian embassy in the United States (US) has issued a demarche—a political initiative—to the US State Department seeking a speedy probe in this matter of ‘hate crime’. Earlier today, the Presidential staff of the White House including the Press Secretary and Communications Director for Trump, Sean Spicer released a statement saying that the President condemned such hateful acts.
The response came soon after Hillary Clinton affirmed, “With threats and hate crimes on rise, we shouldn’t have to tell Pres Trump to do his part. He must step up & speak out.” Meanwhile, the mortal remains of Srinivas Kuchibhotla have been brought to India and the last rites will take place today in Hyderabad.
Yesterday, a peace march was also carried out by the friends of Srinivas in the Kansas city which was attended by his friend Alok Madasani, who was also present in that attack. The priests from various religions conducted the prayer at a Temple in the city.
People who were gathered carried Kuchibhotla’s pictures, banners while they also chanted,”We want peace”; “We love peace”; “Let us not leave our children”; “Unity is part of community, together we stand, divided we fall”.
The 32-year-old Srinivas Kuchibhotla, an engineer hailing from India and working at the Garmin headquarters in Olathe, was killed in the shooting; another Indian and his colleague Alok Madasani was critically injured and is battling for life at a local hospital. A man identified as Ian Grillot was also injured in the shooting.
Later, the Embassy in New Delhi has strongly condemned the act through a press release while 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.”