India says closely monitoring incidents of racial attacks on nationals in U.S.

New Delhi, March 15, 2017 (TNE): India says it is closely monitoring the incidents of racial attacks on its nationals living in the U.S. and has taken up the issue with the Donald Trump administration.

Indian External Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj, said this in the Parliament on Wednesday in New Delhi.

“I have talked to the families of Srinivas Kuchibhotla and Deep Rai (two Indian victims of hate crimes in the U.S.).

“I have also raised these issues with the highest authorities in the U.S.,” Swaraj said.

The minister stated that the U.S. government had assured them that the attacks do not reflect the mindset of the Americans and that safety of Indians living there was their top priority.

“The U.S. authorities, including President Donald Trump, have strongly condemned these incidents.

“The FBI is investigating the recent killings,” she asserted.

Swaraj’s remarks came in the wake of the Indian Parliament voicing its concern over the killing of Indian engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla in Kansas on Feb. 22 in an apparent hate crime, and of another Indian Harnish Patel a week later.

A Sikh man, Deep Rai, who was an American citizen, was fired at in a racial attack last week, and is out of danger.

Recently, India’s main opposition Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge had said in the Parliament that the attacks on Indians started happening after Trump took over as the President of the U.S.

Kharge blamed the central government for being insensitive to such attacks.

“Indians in the U.S. are being killed, threatened and asked to leave the country while our government remains silent.

“This has started after Donald Trump became the President of the U.S., the Indian Government has failed to ensure the safety of its diaspora,” he said. (TNE)

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