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'Good Things Happen To Good People,' Indian Killed In Kansas Had Assured His Wife

'Do we belong here?' his widow had wondered.

25/02/2017 8:45 AM IST | Updated 25/02/2017 2:45 PM IST
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Houston, Feb 25 (PTI) — The wife of Indian engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla, who was shot dead in an apparent hate crime by a Navy veteran at a bar in Olathe city, Kansas, has said that she had her doubts about living in the US, but was assured by her husband that "good things happen in America".

Speaking at a news conference organised by GPS-maker Garmin, where Srinivas worked, Sunayana Dumala said reports of bias in the US make minorities afraid as she questioned "Do we belong here?" She said she now wonders what will the US government do to stop hate crimes against minorities.

Dumala said she was concerned about shooting incidents in America and had doubted whether they should stay in the country, but her husband had assured her, saying "good things happen in America".

Consul General of India in Houston Anupam Ray is supervising the current situation and providing all possible help to the grieving family and the community in Olathe area of Kansas.

"Immediately after the incident occurred, the consulate rushed Deputy Consul RD Joshi and Vice Consul H Singh to Kansas to be with the family of Srinivas at this trying moment," Ray told PTI.

Ever since, they have been with the family of Srinivas and have assured Sunayana of all possible support and help at this grieving moment, he said.

Consul Joshi also met the shocked and frightened Indian community in Olathe and Alok Madasani injured in the shooting on Wednesday night. Madasani is now stable and has been discharged from the hospital.

A third person, an American man identified as Ian Grillot, 24, who tried to intervene, also received injuries in the firing at Austins Bar and Grill in Olathe in Kansas City in the US state of Missouri. A University of Kansas Hospital spokeswoman said he is in fair condition.

The incident evoked outrage in the US and India, with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj expressing shock over the incident. "I am shocked at the shooting incident in Kansas in which Srinivas Kuchibhotla has been killed. My heartfelt condolences to bereaved family," she said in a tweet yesterday.

The shooter, Adam Purinton, reportedly got into an argument with the victims and shouted "get out of my country" and "terrorist" before shooting them.

He reportedly provoked them into an argument asking about their presence and work in his country and how they are better than him. According to the police, Purinton left the bar after the argument and then returned with a gun and shot the three men.

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