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.
Prepared by Upama Bhattacharya. Twitter @Upama_myself