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Sushma Swaraj Condemns Killing of Indian in US, Says 'I Am Shocked'

Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Friday condemned the killing of an Indian immigrant engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla in a crowded Austin's Bar and Grill in Olathe of Kansas in the United States on Wednesday night.

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Updated:February 24, 2017, 12:20 PM IST
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Sushma Swaraj Condemns Killing of Indian in US, Says 'I Am Shocked'
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj condemned the killing of Srinivas Kuchibhotla (L) in US. In the attack, Srinivas’s friend Alok Madasani (middle) was also seriously injured in the attack.
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New Delhi: Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Friday condemned the killing of Indian immigrant engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla in a crowded Austin's Bar and Grill in Olathe of Kansas in the United States on Wednesday night.

Two others identified as Alok Madasani (Indian) and Ian Grillot (who tried to intervene) was also injured in the shooting. Preliminary investigation revealed that Srinivas was hired by Aviation Systems Engineering team at Garmin, headquartered in Olathe. He was declared dead in a nearby hospital.

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Taking a serious note of the incident, Swaraj tweeted, "I am shocked at the shooting incident in Kansas in which Srinivas Kuchibhotla has been killed. My heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family members. We will provide all help and assistance to the family members of Srinivas."

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"I have spoken to Indian Ambassador in US Mr. Navtej Sarna. He informed me that two Indian Embassy officials have rushed to Kansas," she said while adding that, "Indian Ambassador has also informed me that Alok Madasani who was injured in the incident has been discharged from the hospital."

Indian Consul RD Joshi reached Kansas from Houston to assist the shooting victims. Vice Consul, Harpal Singh also joined Joshi from Dallas to Kansas.

MEA Spokesperson, Vikas Swarup, said, "We are aware of the tragic incident in Kansas. Two Indians - Srinivas Kuchibhotla and Alok Madasani, were shot at a bar in Olathe, Kansas. Srinivas Kuchibhotla was killed and Alok Madasani is injured. During the incident a third person, an American, who tried to intervene also received injuries."

"The deceased and the injured persons are from Hyderabad and Warangal, and have been working at Garmin in Olathe (Kansas). Consul Mr. R. D Joshi is rushing from Houston to Kansas to render all possible assistance. They will meet the injured and facilitate in bringing the mortal remains of the deceased and will be in touch with local police officials to ascertain more details of the incident and monitor follow up action. They will also meet the community members in Kansas," Swarup said.

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A US Navy veteran Adam Purinton, 51, has been arrested from a bar in an Applebee's in Clinton, Missouri. After committing the crime he reportedly called up one of his friends and told him that he had just shot 'Middle Eastern' men and needed a place to hide.

The accused had an altercation with Srinivas and his friends inside the bar’s lounge which later spilled out into the parking lot. Situation turned worsens after he pulled out his gun and killed him and left two others seriously injured.

One of the witness said Purinton shouted at Srinivas “get out of my country” and claimed he heard him screaming racial slurs before opening fire. The accused apparently thought Srinivas and Madasani were Middle Eastern.

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