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Hyderabad, Feb 28, 2017: Family members, relatives, friends and people from different walks of life bid a tearful adieu to Indian techie Srinivas Kuchibhotla, who was shot dead in the US on February 22 in a suspected hate crime.

His last rites were performed at the cremation ground in Jubilee Hills here on Tuesday.

K. Madhusudhana Sastry performed the last rites of his son as some of the mourners including the techie’s friends were seen carrying placards with slogans like “down with racism”.

Union Minister Bandaru Dattatreya, Bharatiya Janata Party General Secretary Muralidhar Rao, other leaders from the BJP, TRS and other parties, and actor couple Jeevitha and Rajasekhar paid their last respects.

The body was brought from Kuchibhotla’s house in Bachupally, on the city’s outskirts.
As his final journey began, the engineer’s parents were inconsolable while his wife Sunayana Dumala, who arrived with the mortal remains on Monday night, broke down as she had his last glimpse.

The body was brought by a cargo flight while Sunayana, her brother, sister-in-law and another relative reached by a passenger flight.

Mourners poured in at his residence through the night and Tuesday morning to pay their last respects.

Kuchibhotla, 32, was killed and Alok Madasani was injured when Adam W. Purinton, a white man who earlier served in the US Navy, shot them at the Austins Bar and Grill in Olathe, Kansas state, on February 22.

Purinton got into an argument with the two and hurled racial slurs. He yelled “get out of my country”, “terrorist” before shooting them.

Kuchibhotla of Hyderabad and his colleague Madasani from Warangal district in Telangana were working as aviation programme managers at Garmin, an MNC. (IANS)

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Kansas Man Charged with Hate Crime for Shooting 2 Indian Men in US

A U.S. grand jury indicted Adam Purinton, 52, on charges of killing Srinivas Kuchibhotla and wounding Alok Madasani, both 32, because of their race, color, religion and national origin

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A grand jury charged Adam Purinton with federal hate crime and firearms counts in a shooting in a suburban Kansas City bar. VOA
  • Adam Purinton, 52 is guilty of charges of killing Srinivas Kuchibhotla and wounding Alok Madasani because of their race, color, religion and national origin
  • The shootings also injured an American, Ian Grillot, 24, who tried to intervene.
  • If convicted, Purinton could face capital punishment or life in prison

US, June 10, 2017: A Kansas man, accused of shouting “get out of my country” as he shot dead one Indian man and injured another at a bar, faces federal hate crime and firearms charges, the U.S. Justice Department said on Friday.

A U.S. grand jury indicted Adam Purinton, 52, on charges of killing Srinivas Kuchibhotla and wounding Alok Madasani, both 32, because of their race, color, religion and national origin.

Purinton was also charged with a federal firearms violation in February 22 incident at Austins Bar and Grill in Olathe, a Kansas City suburb. The shootings also injured an American, Ian Grillot, 24, who tried to intervene.

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“The indictment alleges that Purinton committed the offenses after substantial planning and premeditation, attempted to kill more than one person in a single criminal episode, and knowingly created a grave risk of death to others on the scene,” the Justice Department said in a news release.

An attorney for Purinton could not immediately be reached for comment. He also faces state murder and attempted murder charges.

Local media reported at the time that Purinton thought he had killed two Iranian men.

Purinton’s indictment comes amid growing concern about a wave of hateful actions across the United States aimed at blacks, Jews, Muslims and other groups targeted by inflammatory rhetoric that gained prominence during the 2016 presidential election.

If convicted, Purinton could face capital punishment or life in prison. Justice officials said they had not yet decided whether to seek the death penalty. (VOA)

 

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Indian Hate Crime Survivor Alok Madasani reminisces the horrific killing of his best friend

Madasani has been struggling to get over the horrific incident that night at the Austins Bar and Grill in Kanas City where Adam Purinton opened fire on them after throwing racial slurs "terrorist" and "get out of my country".

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A memorial for a hate crime victim; (representational Image) Source: Wikimedia

April 09, 2017: Alok Madasani, an Indian engineer who was a severely wounded in a “hate crime” episode in Kanas City in which his colleague Shrinivas Kuchibhotia was murdered by white American.

Both worked for Global Positioning System (GPS) maker Garmin in Olathe in Kansas state.

“I still don’t want to believe what’s happening. Words can’t describe how much I am missing Srinivas. It is hard to overcome losing your best friend in front of your eyes and just the fact that it could have been both of us,” Madasani told about his friend Kuchibhotla to PTI.

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Madasani has been struggling to get over the horrific incident that night at the Austins Bar and Grill in Kanas City where Adam Purinton opened fire on them after throwing racial slurs “terrorist” and “get out of my country”.

“Physically I am doing much better, due to the friends and colleagues at Garmin, but a long way to go from a mental strength standpoint, I still get flashes of what happened that night and feel sad that the person who took the bullet for me, Srinu, is no more”.

“His office space at Garmin was right next to my office and it is hard not to think about him, our memories together for last nine years will stay that way forever. I am focusing more on work and spend more time with my family, but it is not the same,” he said.

“I am just grateful to be alive,” he said.

“Coming back to work has been a blessing as I am surrounded by wonderful people here at Garmin and I could not have asked for more,” he further added.

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Madasani stated he was trying to be strong for the sake of his family and wife who is pregnant with their first baby.

“What gives me strength every day is to see the community standing together, making me believe that one act will not divide us,” Madasani answered.

“It was the malice intent of one person that took away a great human being but at the same time I am surrounded by amazing individuals who strengthen my belief in this community and what it stands for,” he said.

Madasani has received personal letters from all across the world telling him to stay strong. The kanas government has declared March 16 as “Indian-American Day” in remembrance of Srinivas and has received an amazing response.

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“We all wish the shooting never happened but I really want and request all to look at the positive side of how the community got together during these difficult times and once again proved that whatever form hatred takes, love will overcome it,” he appended.

Madasani has requested everyone to come forward be a part of the wonderful community.

“Spread love and kindness, take the time to share the culture, learn other cultures at the same time and most importantly let’s coexist,” Madasani said.

“If there is one thing that this situation has taught me, it is to be positive. It is easy to be positive when everything is going your way but I want to stay positive now and set an example for myself and anyone who is looking towards me for inspiration.

“If anything, I want people to remember Srinivas as a person who till his last breath helped people, rather than a victim of a senseless crime. I am here because of him,” Madasani said.

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Local and federal government authorities are investigating the assault as a conceivable hate crime. Purinton was accused of planned first-degree murder and two checks of attempted deliberate first-degree homicide.The judge decreed Purinton back to court on May 9 for a second appearance. He is being held on a USD 2 million bond.

– prepared by Naina Mishra of Newsgram, Twitter: Nainamishr94

 

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Kansas honors Srinivas Kuchibhotla, declares 16th March as ‘Indian American Appreciation Day’

the recent step taken by the state of Kansas will definitely put some relief on the fresh communal wounds of community and might re-instill their faith in the system

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Ian Grillot receiving pleasantries from Kansas ' Governor Sam Brownback, Facebook

Kansas (US), March 18, 2017: The alarming scenario of increasing hate crimes towards the Indian community may failed to gather the copious response from the Indian government, but it had jolted the governance of the state of Kansas, especially the attack on Indian engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla where he was shot dead by a US navy veteran.

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At times when these racial attacks are deeply wounding the sentiments and belief of Indian-American community over the system and governance, the recent step taken by the state of Kansas will definitely put some relief on the fresh communal wounds of community and might re-instill their faith in the system.

The state of Kansas on Thursday recognized March 16 as ‘Indian American Appreciation Day’ to honor Srinivas Kuchibhotla. Indian engineer Kuchibhotla was killed in last month’s Olathe shooting, reported Americanbazaaronline.

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Srinivas Kuchibhotla, Wikimedia

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While signing the proclamation, Governor Sam Brownback denounced the racially-motivated hate crime and maintained that the Kansas will continue its obligation of standing side by side with the Indian community.

“We will always reject acts of violence and harm. We reject hatred in all its forms,” Brownback said in the event.
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The lawmakers also praised two others, Alok Madasani and Ian Grillot, who were wounded that night at Austin’s Bar & Grill.

The lawmakers present there praised the two other survivors of the tragedy, Alok Madasani who was also shot along with the deceased Srinivas Kuchibhotla, and Ian Grillot who was shot several times, when he tried to get hold of the shooter.

The 32-year-old Srinivas Kuchibhotla was killed and two others were injured by US Navy veteran Adam Purinton in a gun shooting incident at the bar on February 22. Apparently, Purinton yelled “get out of my country” before opening fire at the two Indian nationals.

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 Brownback condemned the attack on Indian nationals calling it a deplorable act. He also urged people to help stop these sort of activities. “We will not let it define us as a people.” Brownback added.

The step taken by the state of Kansas is highly appreciable as it not just condemns the violence, but also cooperates in refabricating the loosening ties of Indian-American brotherhood.

At the honoring event on Thursday at the Capitol also in the presence of Alok Madasani and Ian Grillot, Governor Brownback did something unexpected, he publicly apologized to Madasani for the loss of life and injury.

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Madasani expressed gratitude towards the governor and lawmakers for honoring his friend Kuchibhotla and thanked people for the support.

“It means a lot to all of us and we really appreciate it,” Madasani said.

-prepared by Ashish Srivastava of NewsGram Twitter @PhulRetard