UN chief, US lawmakers & techies condemn hate crime

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

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

Strong reactions are pouring in as much as condolences over the Kansas incident where 32-year-old Indian techie was killed in what is very apparent case of racially motivated hate killing. Condemning the incident in one voice UN chief Antonio Guterres to several US lawmakers, and even Amercian Inc. denounced xenophobia and bigotry.

Microsoft’s India-born chief Satya Nadella asserted that there is no place for “senseless violence” and bigotry in the society as he condemned the killing of Srinivas Kuchibhotla.

“There’s no place for senseless violence & bigotry in our society. My heart is with the victims & families of the horrific shooting in Kansas,” Nadella tweeted.

Olathe: Photo of Adam Purinton, who has been charged with murder and attempted murder for killing Indian engineer in Kansas.  Photo - AP/PTI

Olathe: Photo of Adam Purinton, who has been charged with murder and attempted murder for killing Indian engineer in Kansas.
Photo – AP/PTI

32-year-old Srinivas Kuchibhotla, who belonged to South Indian city of Hyderabad, was killed by an American Navy veteran who was reportedly heard yelling “get out of my country” and “terrorist”. The gunman also injured another Indian, Kuchibhotla’s colleague Alok Madasani, and an American citizen, 24-year-old Ian Grillot, who tried to intervene.

Mr. Kuchibhotla was working at GPS-maker Garmin headquarters in Olathe.

United Nations (UN) chief Antonio Guterres too strongly denounced xenophobia and Islamophobia.

“The Secretary-General, if you have listened to what he said in the last a few months, has spoken out forcefully against xenophobia, Islamophobia and anti-Semitism. We are seeing, throughout the world, an increase in these crimes, and I think he has denounced them clearly,” Secretary-General’s spokesman Stephane Dujarric said during the daily press briefing.

The incident have sent shock waves across the Indian community and prompted civil rights groups to urge people from the sub-continent, particularly Sikhs, to be cautious and extra vigilant.

Earlier yesterday, US lawmakers publicly denounced the alleged hate killing, saying there is no place for these senseless acts of violence in the country.

“We can’t let hatred win,” said Indian-American Senator from California Kamala Harris. “Extremely saddened to hear the news out of Kansas. My sympathies go out to the victims and their families,” the Democratic Senator said in a tweet.

Olathe : Eric Jackson, FBI Special Agent in Charge, addresses questions from the media during a press conference Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017 at the Olathe Police Department in Olathe, Kansas.  Photo - AP/PTI

Olathe : Eric Jackson, FBI Special Agent in Charge, addresses questions from the media during a press conference Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017 at the Olathe Police Department in Olathe, Kansas.
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“My thoughts are with the victims and families shaken by the shooting in Kansas. Senseless acts of violence have no place in our country. I’m heartbroken by this tragedy,” said Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal.

Jayapal is the first Indian-American woman ever elected to the US House of Representatives.

Jayapal also said since Donald Trump’s election as the US president in November, hate crimes have risen as a result of his administration’s controversial ideas against immigrants.

“This is not normal. We must declare our entire country a hate-free zone and fight to protect it as such. During this moment of tragedy, I stand with Indian-Americans, Muslim- Americans, and all groups impacted by the dangerous rhetoric coming out of the Trump administration,” Jayapal added.

Another Indian-American Congressman from California Ro Khanna in a statement said his condolences go out to the families of the men involved in this senseless act of violence in Kansas City.

“Any act of violence fuelled by hatred and xenophobia and prejudice cannot be tolerated. I have faith in local and federal law enforcement to justly investigate this shooting as
a hate crime,” Khanna said.

Democratic Congressman from California Brad Sherman also said “Xenophobia and hatred do not belong in America,” condoling the incident.

(With inputs from the Agencies)