March 2017 \ Diaspora News \ INDIAN DIASPORA—USA
In Death, Srinivas Wakes Up America

US President Donald Trump has denounced the killing of an Indian techie in Kansas saying the nation condemns "hate and evil."

Kuchibhotla, 32, was killed and his colleague Alok Madasani was injured when US Navy veteran Adam W. Purinton fired at them at the Austin's Bar and Grill in Olathe on February 22. Purinton reportedly got into an argument with the two and hurled racial slurs. He yelled "get out of my country" before shooting them. Ian Grillot, a 24-year-old American, who tried to save the Indians, was hit by a bullet that pierced his hand and then lodged in his chest. He has since been hospitalised and is recovering. 

Trump, during his address, also said: "Recent threats targeting Jewish Community Centres and vandalism of Jewish cemeteries, as well as last week's shooting in Kansas City, remind us that while we may be a nation divided on policies, we are a country that stands united in condemning hate and evil in all its forms," Trump said. Fending off criticism by his political foes that he is insensitive to racism and bigotry, he said: "We are reminded of our Nation's path toward civil rights and the work that still remains."