Absurd to correlate Kansas shooting and Trump’s remarks: White House

The Indian Embassy in the U.S. has issued a demarche to the State Department on the killing of an Indian engineer and called for a speedier investigation.

By: PTI | Washington | Updated: February 28, 2017 3:29 pm
Kansas, Kansas shooting, White House Kansas shooting, US bar shooting, Kansas indian killed, kansas shooting Indian, Indian dead in US shooting, Srinivas Kuchibhotla, Alok Madasani, India news Srinivas Kuchibhotla, right, poses for photo with his wife Sunayana Dumala in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. In the middle of a crowded bar, a 51-year-old former air traffic controller yelled at two Indian men – Kuchibhotla and Alok Madasani – to “get out of my country,” witnesses said, then opened fire in an attack that killed one of the men and wounded the other, as well as a third man who tried to help, Thursday, Feb 23, 2017, in Olathe, Kan. (AP Photo via Kranti Shalia)

Calling it “absurd”, the Trump administration dismissed any correlation between U.S. President Donald Trump’s controversial remarks on immigrants and the Kansas shooting incident that resulted in the death of an Indian engineer. “Obviously, any loss of life is tragic, but I’m not going to get into, like, to suggest that there’s any correlation I think is a bit absurd. So I’m not going to go any further than that,” White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters.

WATCH | White House Condemns Kansas Shooting That Killed An Indian Engineer

Spicer was responding to a question on the shooting incident in Kansas on Wednesday night in which 32-year-old Indian engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla was killed and another Indian man and an American were injured. An American Navy veteran yelling “get out of my country” and “terrorist” opened fire at them in a bar, in a racially motivated hate crime.

“What the President’s response to it was, but also if there’s any concern that some of the rhetoric that the President or — that generally has been out here recently — could have contributed in any way to that or stepped up violence?” Spicer was asked.

Read: How the American Press reported the Kansas Shooting

Meanwhile, the Indian Embassy in the U.S. has issued a demarche to the State Department on the killing of an Indian engineer and called for a speedier investigation. The Indian Embassy also asked that it be kept informed on the investigation.

“Government of India has taken up the matter with the U.S. authorities to express our deep concern and have asked for speedy investigation. U.S. government while condemning the attack, have assured us that they are conducting a thorough investigation into the matter,” Indian Embassy spokesman Pratik Mathur said in a statement.

The Indian Consulate in Houston is also in close contact with the family of the deceased.

“In their hour of grief, we are providing all help and assistance to the bereaved family. Arrangements are being made to transport his mortal remains to India,” Mathur said, adding, “Government officials have also met with the injured victim, Alok Madasani, and are ensuring his well-being.”

The shooting comes at a time when hate crimes and acts of bigotry have risen notably in America after President Donald Trump came to power.

Trump had previously issued an executive order to suspend the arrival of all refugees for at least 120 days, Syrian refugees indefinitely, and barring citizens from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen for 90 days.

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    IslamForFoools
    Feb 25, 2017 at 5:40 am
    Americans are angry at Muslims not Hindus, since they cannot tell difference between Hindu and Muslims due to skin color, poor Hindus and sikhs often become victim of backlash against Islamic terrorism. If anything Islam killed this guy and not that American man. He was just trying to kil a Muslim.
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      Achoot
      Feb 25, 2017 at 10:47 am
      So many murders in india because of discrimination .what so special about dis guy?lt;br/gt;Let these upper caste taste their own medicine .
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        Jai hind
        Feb 25, 2017 at 8:54 am
        Can I ask U some thing ? .most of the Islamic countries where terrorism and war is going on now are very weak in the technology of arms .. Do u agree? I know u would .do that means .the weapons and arms are supplied from Western countries .. Or from some part of European countries ..... Mostly from US and Russia ... My question is ..if these arms supplying nations are too concerned about stoping terorrism ... Y do they supply it ?
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          Jai hind
          Feb 25, 2017 at 8:55 am
          Happiness seems to be missing in ur tent dude.... Co z u talk like u are s crewed by some Gigantic terrorist
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            Jai hind
            Feb 25, 2017 at 8:59 am
            Modi is a disaster to be honest ...use cheekna chillana chorke much ata hi nahi
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