In a bizarre incident of perpetuating racial crime in America against Indians, an IT engineer from Hyderabad was shot at in a bar after the white man identified as Adam Purinton, 51, a US Navy veteran, shouted at him “Get out of my country”.
Srinivas Kuchibhotla, 32, was shot dead and his Indian colleague Alok Madasani from Warangal was wounded in the incident, first in Donald Trump administration that may have serious repercussions on Indian immigrants in the US.
So far, the ire against beaded and turbaned Sikh immigrants beginnging with mistaken killing of Balbir Singh Sandhu, after the 9/11 terror attacks has taken a new form with Indian IT engineers too becoming innocent victims to psychic killers in outrage and racial hatred in a country that was founded by immigrants.
Responding to the incident, Indian external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted: “I am shocked at the shooting incident in Kansas in which Srinivas Kuchibhotla has been killed. My heartfelt condolences to bereaved family.”
Ironic but the US media is silent on the shooting incident at Olathe city. Kuchobotla’s employer GPS-maker Garmin International, in an internal e-mail to the staff said:
“Unfortunately, two associates on our aviation systems engineering team, Srinivas Kuchibhotla and Alok Madasani, were shot. We are devastated to inform you that Srinivas passed away and Alok is currently recovering in the hospital. We’re saddened that two Garmin associates were involved in last night’s incident, and we express our condolences to the family and friends of our co-workers involved. Garmin will have grievance counselors on-site and available for its associates today and tomorrow.”
Kuchibotla was in the helicopter OEM division of GI and he had studied in electrical and electronics engineering from the University of Texas at El Paso in 2005-07. He graduated from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University in Hyderabad in 2005.