Hyd Techie Shot Dead By Racist In The US

Kansas: A young engineer from Hyderabad, Telangana State, Srinivas Kuchibhotla, was shot dead by a racist at ‘Austin Bar and Grill’ in Oleth in Kansas State on Wednesday evening at 7.30 pm local time. A local white, Adam Puristan, had entered into an argument with Srinivas and a fellow Telugu, Alok Medasani. Fully drunk, Adam demanded to know from the Telugus in what way they are superior to him.

The hotel staff had intervened and sent Adam out. But soon after he returned with a revolver and shot at both the Telugu engineers indiscriminately killing Srinivas on the spot and injuring Alok. The persons who witnessed the ghastly incident said the drunken shooter was shouting at the Indians asking them to get out of the US.

Sushma Swaraj, Indian foreign minister, in a statement released in Delhi on Friday morning, said she had spoken to Indian Ambassador in the US, Navjot Sarana, who informed that Alok is safe. He was treated and discharged, Sushma Swaraj said. Expressing shock at the incident, the foreign minister said her government would make all arrangements to help the victims.

Both Srinivas and Alok did their B.Tech in Telangana and post graduation in the US before taking up jobs as software engineers. Alok hails from Warangal.

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