US has assured safety of Indians there, Swaraj tells Parliament

Raj Kamal Rao
File Photo of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj

File Photo of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj

Condemning the recent attacks on Indians in the US, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj told the Parliament that her ministry was monitoring the situation very closely.

Referring to the recent attack on Srinivas Kuchibhotla and Deep Rai, Swaraj said that she had spoken to their families and raised the matter with highest authorities in US

“I Spoke to families of Srinivas Kuchibhotla & Deep Rai, also raised these issues with highest authorities in US,” Swaraj said in her statement in Lok Sabha on Wednesday.

Indian techie, Srinivas Kuchibhotla, 32, was killed and Alok Madasani was injured when a white man who earlier served in the US Navy, shot them in Kansas last month.

Undated file photo of Srinivas Kuchibhotla, with his wife Sunayana Dumala in Las Vegas.  Photo provided by Kranti Shalia. Photo - AP/PTI

Undated file photo of Srinivas Kuchibhotla, with his wife Sunayana Dumala in Las Vegas.
Photo provided by Kranti Shalia.
Photo – AP/PTI

EAM Swaraj also assured the house on the safety of Indians living in the United States and said the government will go everything to protect them.

“The government has raised the issue with the American authorities and have demanded a speedy investigation. American authorities have assured strong actions in these incidents,” Sushma Swaraj said in her statement.

“US authorities including President Donald Trump have strongly condemned these incidents,” Swaraj said.

Earlier in Friday, members in the Lok Sabha expressed grave concern over hate crimes against Indians in the US, with opposition parties questioning Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “silence” on the matter and the government saying it was being “viewed seriously”.

Mallikarjun Kharge and Rahul Gandhi in Lok SabhaCongress Leader Mallikarjun Kharge accused the government of “failure” in raising the issue with the US, saying the recent spate of racial attacks was deeply disturbing and Modi and his government had “failed”, as neither have they condemned the incidents, nor taken up the issue with the US at a high level.

“Why has the Modi government maintained a silence. The Prime Minister tweets on ever issue. Why has he kept quiet over such a serious matter,” he said.