KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Hate crimes are being increasingly reported in the country. There is no denying that the instances of hate crimes across the US have gone up manifold since the Presidential election and Donald Trump’s entry into White House.
Authorities have concluded that the killing of Indian American Srinivas Kuchibhotla at the hands of Adam Purinton was a clear case of hate crime. Srinivas Kuchibhotla was shot dead in broad daylight by Adam Purinton on 22 February at Austins Bar & Grill in Olathe. One of his friends Alok Madasani had also sustained severe injuries in the attack.
It is surprising to many Indian Americans that despite the community largely supporting Republicans including Donald Trump in the presidential election, it has been the foremost target of the White supremacists across the US. Indian Diaspora in the US had overwhelmingly supported Trump with large funding.
The man who shot Srinivas Kuchibhotla dead has been indicted by a federal grand jury. A third man, Ian Grillot, was shot and wounded when he tried to intervene. Police investigate suspected hate crime against U.S. citizen of Indian descent
The shooting raised fears of more attacks on immigrants following President Trump’s election and his push for a ban on immigrants from some countries. Officials in India also expressed concern about their citizens’ safety in the U.S., where many work in technology and other industries.
The federal grand jury has reportedly concluded that Purinton shot the two Indian men because of their “actual and perceived” race, color, religion and national origin. The jury concluded that the 51-year old men shot the two after premeditation and planning, attempted to kill more than one person and created a grave risk of death to others at the scene.
After shooting the three people, he drove to Clinto, Missouri and admitted to a friend about what he had done. “He asked if he could stay with me and my husband, and he wouldn’t tell me what he did. I kept asking him, and he said that he would tell me if I agreed to let him stay with me,” the bartender said. “Well, I finally got him to tell me and he said, like, that he shot and killed two Iranian people in Olathe.”