America, 1 March, 2017: Indian engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla was killed, Alok Madasani was injured, along with a third American man Ian Gillot who was also injured at Austin’s Pub and Grill (crime scene) in Kansas City suburb in last week by a navy veteran Adam Purinton in the triple shooting. Purinton had mistook the Indians as immigrants from Middle-East and had slurred at them, and called them “terrorist”. The 24-year-old American man got injured when he tried to intervene. Shooter is a 51-year-old man, from Olathe, who has been charged with first-degree murder and attempted murder according to Hindustan Times. The 2 Indian men were 32 years olds who had come to US for studying and were engineers at GPS maker- Garmin. The shooter after shooting had driven off to Clinton, Missouri, where he confessed to a bartender in the Applebee’s restaurant. The bartender had then called 911. The incidence happened on Wednesday
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This incidence of hate crime has inculcated fear in the minds of the American-Indian community. The minority community of American Indians are also fearful of Trump’s recent plan to ban travelers from specific countries which has strengthened the fear of being ostracized.
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On Sunday, in Kansas city, a peace march and prayer vigil was held for the victim Srinivas who had died from the shooting. Hundreds of people joined in solidarity against hate crime.
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