Srinivas Kuchibhotla’s Killer Indicted For Hate Crime

Three months after the killing of Srinivas Kuchibhotla, the federal grand jury indicted Adam Purinton for hate crime and firearms charges

Washington: Finally the United States judiciary has decided to act on hate crimes and indicted Adam Purinton the man accused of killing Indian techie Srinivas Kuchibhata at a suburban Kansas City bar. Two others were also injured in the firing.

A federal grand jury on Friday indicted Purinton, 51, of Olathe, Kansas for hate crime and firearms charges after a shooting at a city bar on February 22.

The indictment announced by the Department of Justice has accused Purinton of shooting and killing Kuchibhotla and attempting to kill Alok Madasani, also an Indian national, because of their actual and perceived race, colour, religion and national origin. Ian Grillot, a 24-year-old American man was also injured while intervening in the shooting.

The announcement in this regard was made by the Acting Assistant Attorney General Thomas E Wheeler, II, head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, and the United States Attorney Thomas E Beall of the District of Kansas.

Purinton faces a maximum penalty of death or life in prison. A media release said that the Justice Department will decide whether to seek the death penalty in this case a few days later.

It was alleged that Purinton committed the offences after substantial planning and premeditation, and was indicted for violating federal firearms statute by firing at Kuchibhotla, Madasani and Grillot during the attack.

A US Navy veteran, Purinton is currently being held in Johnson County Jail.

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American Who Stopped Bullet For Indian Techie Gets 100,000 Dollars

Houston: US citizenI Ian Grillot who literally stopped a bullet trying to save Indian techies Srinivas Kuchibhotla and his friend Madasani was felicitated by Indian- Americans here on Saturday with a purse of 100,000 dollars. Grillot was also hailed as a ‘true American hero.’ This happened at the 14th gala of India House Houston.

The citation said as an act of gratitude the Indian American community of Houston is trying to help Grillot to buy a house.

Srinivas was killed on the spot when a former Navy man shot at him in a restaurant in Kansas City. Murali’s body was brought to Hyderabad and the final rites were performed. Grillot took a lot of time to recover from bullet injuries.

The Kansas shooting has rocked the Indian community, which has been living amid concerns of rising hate crimes and racism in the country. The incident also raised tensions back home in India.

Ian Grillot also has an open invitation from the Indian officials to visit India.

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Hate Crimes Against NRIs In US Will Be Checked: Sushma

New Delhi: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said Indian Government is in constant touch with US regarding the hate crimes which are of the top most priority of the ministry.

Sushma, speaking in Lok Sabha today, said she spoke with the parents of Kuchibhotla Srinivas and Deep Rai and raised these issues with highest authorities in the US.

FBI is investigating these hate crimes and Indian Goverment is in touch with Donal Trump administration over the issue, Sushma said.

Sushma Swaraj read out the letter written by Srinivas wife’s addressing Indian Ambassador saying, “All the help extended to me in time is deeply appreciated”.

Mallikarjun Kharge, Congress leader, criticised the Indian government for failing to ensure safety to citizens of India in the US.

“Our Government remained silent when our citizens are getting killed, threatened in the US,” Kharge added.

Reacting to the criticism, Sushma said Indian Government and US President Donald Trump condemned these attacks and promised to take measures to protect Indian

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Candle Light Tribute At KBR Park For NRI Victims

Hyderabad: Telangana NRI Parents Association and All India Peace and Solidarity organisation (AIPSO) are jointly organizing Candle Light Tribute program on March 9 at KBR park, Banjara Hills, at 6pm in memory of Vamshi Reddy and Kuchibotla Srinivas, who died of hate crimes in the USA recently.
Releasing a Poster of the program, Dr D. Sudhakar, AIPSO National General Secretary, president and general secretaries of Telangana NRI Parents Association Raj Kumar and Krishnamachary, AIPSO TS presidium members MRG Vinod Reddy, Tipparthi Yadaiah, Metla Jagan, Raghupal, generalsecretary KVL,Secretary AIPSO State secretaries Mukthala Rekha and P.N.Murthy,Greater Hyderabad General secretary Venkat swamy along with others, condemned racial attacks and hate crimes In the US.

While talking to the media they said that after the US President Donald Trump hate speeches attacks have increased. It’s deplorable and disgusting that USA being an oldest democratic country is not taking seriously the increasing attacks on Indians and other innocent people. Prime Minister Narendra Modi cannot be a spectator and he must open his mouth and speak with Donald Trump, about the security of 30 lakh Indians residing in United States.

Most of the American revenue generated by Indians only. Once if they come back what would be the fate of America they questioned. And they demanded Donald Trump to take action for peace full atmosphere and to safe guard the people’s rights. Americans used to claim that their democracy is oldest… if this is the democracy no body wants it. They criticized.. They demanded that exgreatia of $ one million should be paid to each of the diseased families and to the injured families by US government. (NSS)

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“Go back to your own country”: Sikh Man shot in His Arm

Kent (Washington State): Kent city police is looking for a man who had shot a Sikh man, working on his car at his driveway, in his arm followed by an altercation. Before firing the gunman had shouted at the victim to “go back to your own country.”

The incident took place in Kent, Washington State, at around 8:00 PM Friday. The gunman was wearing a mask covering the lower half of his face at the time of the incident, according to the Kent police.

The victim, a 39-year-old Deep Roy a Sikh man, has been discharged from the hospital, according to the Seattle Times. The victim described the gunman as 6-foot-tall white man.

The Kent police told the Times that they were early in their investigation and that they are taking the case seriously.

The shooter in the Kansas incident, where Kuchibhotla Srinivas was shot and killed, was uttering the words to the same effect of “Go back to your country,” before he shot Kuchibhotla. The shooter had even mistaken him for a Muslim.

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President Trump Condemns Kansas Shooting As Hate And Evil

Venkata Kondubhatla

Washington (DC): President Donald Trump said in a speech delivered Tuesday that recent threats targeting Jewish community centers and vandalism of Jewish cemeteries, as well as last week’s shooting in Kansas City remind us that while “we may be a nation divided on policies, we are a country that stands united in condemning hate and evil in all its of ugly forms.” It was the first topic in his speech.

Receiving a standing ovation for his statement from Congressmen from both the Houses, Trump said that he was there to deliver the speech of unity and strength. It is the message deeply delivered from my heart. A new chapter of American greatness is now beginning, he said.

“Our allies will find that America is once again ready to lead,” he said. Earlier the White House spokeswoman has told the press that the White House is condemning the Kansas shooting, but express doubt if the president is going to talk about the issue in his speech to the Congress.

Indian community has been waiting to hear from the White House and from president Donald Trump an assurance that the incidents like the Kansas shooting, in which an Indian Srinivas Kuchibhotla was shot and killed by a racist, would not repeat and that the administration would address the underlying issue of racism.

The president addressing the issue should bring some relief to the community. At the same time, President Trump stuck to the immigration plan that he was trying to impose earlier, such as building the wall.

Talking about the immigration, he said that his administration has answered the pleas of the American people for immigration and border security by finally enforcing the immigration laws, We will raise wages, help the unemployed and save billion and billion of dollars and make our communities safer.

“We must restore integrity and the rule of law at the border,” he said.

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Many Pay Last Respects To Srinivas At Mahaprastanam

Hyderabad: The last rites of Srinivas Kuchibhotla, who was shot dead in a suspect hate crime in US, were completed at Mahaprasthanam in Jubilee Hills on Tuesday.

In a special vehicle decorated with garlands carrying Srinivas photo, along with the huge crowd of family members and friends, the body was brought to Mahaprasthanam to pay last respects to the techie. In a stoic silence, hearts heavy with extreme weight of sorrow, body was moved from Srinivas house to the vehicle with tears.

ksOnce the funeral was completed, there were slogans like ‘Srinivas Amar Rahe’, ‘Bharath Matha Ki Jai’, rented the air.

Union Minister Dattareya, MLA Chintala Ramachandra Reddy, Cine actor Rajasekhar and wife Jeevitha visited the funeral ground and paid their respects.

Earlier, T State transport Minister K. Mahender Reddy, AP NRI affairs Minister P. Raghunadh reddy, BJP MLA Kishan Reddy, Congress leader Ponnam Prabhakar visited Srinivas’ house and paid floral tributes.

 Ministers condemned the attack on Indian Techie and urged union government to take necessary steps for the safety of Indians. Raghunath Reddy felt that incidents of hate crime increased after Donald trump took charge as US President.

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Kansas Racist Shooting Rocked Indian Community

Venkata Kondubhatla

Washington (DC): The Kansas shooting, where Kuchibhotla Srinivas, 32, was shot and killed by 51-year-old Adam Purinton at a bar in Olathe, Kansas, has rocked Indian-Americans and Indians back in the home country as never before.

Incidences happened in the past where Indians were killed in the US, but this is the first time that a hate crime has taken an Indian life. Indians were aware of the surge of racism and hate crimes recently in the country, but this is first of its kind that happened to them that they are unable to take and that has shaken their confidence in the country.

Indian community was targeted for various other reasons until now — for possession of gold, burglaries that targeted Indian wealth, or unfortunate incidents where Indians were killed, for example, Vamshi, a Telangana youth, was shot and killed by a carjacker in January 2017. Some have faced bullying at schools and workplaces due to racism mostly in the countryside. However, such incidents were occasional and the community has figured ways to cope with such incidents. So, none of these incidents had shaken the faith in the American dream among Indians and in Indian-Americans as the present tragedy did. Indians back home have become more concerned about their children studying or working in the United States.

All along the White House under Trump administration has been silent, except for once when Sean Spicer responding to a question asked in the press conference said that it was too early to call the Kansas shooting a hate crime. President Donald Trump hasn’t spoken on the issue yet. The FBI has been investigating the case to confirm whether it was a hate crime or not.

The civic society has reacted well to the incident that included both Americans and Indian-American community. Marches were organised at places like Olathe and Houston. Many in the community are asking if these hate crimes have anything to do with Trump’s rhetoric. Have these crimes been motivated by the speeches given by Trump and his colleagues during the elections and thereafter?

According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, 867 cases of hateful harassment were counted in the 10 days after the November 8 election. Even in the Obama administration, the hate crime or harassment had been surging. However, critics accuse Trump of fostering xenophobia and Islam phobia in the country.

That said, Indian community has come together to address the issue facing them. They are figuring ways to get support from the US administration and other victim groups, and to keep their American dream intact.

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Kansas Shooting: Do We Belong Here, Asks Srinivas Kuchibhotla’s Wife

Kansas City: Sunayana Dumala, wife of Srinivas Kuchibhotla who was shot dead in firing by a racist, said in view of the series of shooting incidents she always felt that staying on in the US is not a good option. But Srinivas always said only good will happen to good people.

Speaking to media at GPS- Maker Garmin, Sunayana said that she wondered with this tragic incident whether she actually belongs to the US.

‘ I wonder what steps US government will take  to stop shooting incidents on minorities,’ she added.

kansas-shooting-do-we-belong-here-asks-srinivas-kuchibhotlas-wifeMarried four years ago, the couple who were planning for a baby this year faced tragic shooting incident in Austin bar at Kansas where Srinivas died on the spot and his friend Alok Madasani was  injured. Madasani was discharged from hospital on Friday and Indian consulate General of Houston Anupam Ray is monitoring the current situation.

The US Government condemned the attack on Srinivas and assured thorough probe into the incident. This reply was in turn to Indian government which had taken up the issue with the US authorities demanding speedy probe.

Telangana IT Minister KTR condemns attack: Telanagana IT Minister K. Taraka Rama rao condemned the attack on two Telugu techies in Kansas and  urged US government to take necessary steps in controlling attacks on Indians. We lost Vamsi last month, now Srinivas, these incidents make me hurt, my deep condolenses to their families, Minister said.

Vamsi and Srinivas who were shot dead in US belong to Hyderabad, Telangana.

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