NRI businessman Harnish Patel from Vadodara shot dead in South Carolina

Harnish Patel, who ran Speedee Mart in Lancaster had closed his shop on Thursday, and was close to his house when an unidentified assailant opened fire at him, killing him on the spot.

By: Express News Service | Vadodara | Updated: March 6, 2017 12:01 pm
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Barely two weeks after an Indian engineer became victim of hate crime in Kansas in the US, another NRI businessman of Gujarati origin has been shot dead in Lancaster in South Carolina. Harnish Patel, who ran Speedee Mart in Lancaster had closed his shop on Thursday, and was close to his house when an unidentified assailant opened fire at him, killing him on the spot. Harnish, 43, who originally hails from Avakhal village in Sinor taluka of Vadodara district had been living in the US with his family for over 14 years.

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Patel’s killing comes just two days after US President Donald Trump condemned the killing of Indian engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla in a pub in Kansas. According to reports, officials of Lancaster police say that they are yet to ascertain a motive behind Harnish’s killing, which appears to be ‘racially motivated’.

harnish patel, indian-origin businessman, indian-origin man killed, indian-origin man shot, indian shot, Lancaster, South Carolina, South Carolina shooting, Harnish Patel shooting, Kansas shooting, indian shot dead, us hate crime, world news An old picture of Harnish Patel with wife Sonal and son Siddhansh. (Source: Express photo)

Harnish, who owned the convenience store Speedee Mart in Lancaster is survived by wife Sonal and son Siddhansh.
According to Patel’s extended family in Avakhal, Harnish’s parents–father Jayanti and mother Tara–had moved along with the couple to the US in 2003. A member of the village said, “The last time they came here was a few years ago for a wedding in the family. We were not much in touch with them.”

Harnish’s maternal uncle Ramesh, who lives in Avakhal said he was “too shocked to speak about the tragic loss in the family.” Ramesh said that the family was in regular touch with Harnish’s father, Jayanti. Since Harnish and Sonal’s parents had moved to the US several years ago to live with the couple, the family has decided to perform his last rites in the US, Ramesh added.

Raising the issue of the killings of Indians in the US, GPCC President Bharat Solanki has written to Union Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj, drawing her attention to the matter. Solanki said, “It has shocked me beyond measure as the Gujarati business community has always been part and parcel of the American life with absolutely no conflicts and plenty of mutually shared interests. This kind of incidents shake the foundation of confidence that the Indian community is used to. I urge the Prime Minister of India and you to take up this issue with the administration of President Trump and promise to ensure the safety and security of Indians and Gujarati diaspora in the US.”

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    Adi Patel
    Mar 7, 2017 at 1:31 am
    it is true racial hate crime has increased here since January, but i am a Patel from the same town and I knew him and his family. This was not a racially motivated crime. He used to loan money to people on interest and had sent few people to jail when they couldn't pay back so the police and family believes it was revenge. Still very sad, he was a great human being and did a lot for the community.
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      Adi Patel
      Mar 7, 2017 at 1:32 am
      it is true racial hate crime has increased here since January, but i am a Patel from the same town and I knew him and his family. This was not a racially motivated crime. He used to loan money to people on interest and had sent few people to jail when they couldn't pay back so the police and family believes it was revenge. Still very sad, he was a great human being and did a lot for the community.
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        Abdul Hamid
        Mar 4, 2017 at 5:22 pm
        Two leaders from 2 different nations has taken oath to destroy their own nation.
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          Amit Mukhopadhyay
          Mar 4, 2017 at 5:30 pm
          This is Trump effect. This is the fruit of rightism. Now there could be "retaliation". And further escalation. There is a transitory wave of rightism in the world. Will p with time. We look forward to better times, say, 5 years from now. We have to hold our breath for that bright morning of the future. Until then it will be darkness and suffocation. In US, in India, and possibly in Germany and France.
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            anish
            Mar 5, 2017 at 4:00 am
            Violence is as old as human race itself. So nothing to hue and cry. Military is a political gangs of the leaders. And every nation support violence. Okay.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Ya bye the way if we are uncomfortable or insecure in foreign countries than we should go back to our countries. Simple. But the problem is we want to show our neighbours and relatives that we are working in America England Australia with pride. Typically Indian mentality .
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              John Rock
              Mar 4, 2017 at 8:15 pm
              30,000 people die across the US every year due to Gun violence. There is no timing. This is just another om act of senseless violence
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                John Rock
                Mar 4, 2017 at 8:13 pm
                are muslims dying everyday in India? Why is it your comment not surprising, Mr, Anti-hindu?
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                  aaryan
                  Mar 5, 2017 at 6:59 pm
                  Many had no problem as long as the discrimination was directed at Muslims. One group performed puja for Trump, they are now learning hate doesn't discriminate.
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