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Hate crimes: US assures ‘speedy justice’, FBI joins probe into Sikh man's shooting

In the wake of several incidents of Indians becoming victim of “hate crimes” in the United States, India has conveyed its “deep concerns” to the US government.

India TV News Desk, Washington [ Updated: March 06, 2017 11:08 IST ]
US assures ‘speedy justice’ after India raises ‘deep
US assures ‘speedy justice’ after India raises ‘deep concerns’ over hate crimes

The FBI has joined the investigation into the shooting of a Sikh man by a partially-masked gunman even as the US has assured India of "speedy justice" in the alleged hate-related crimes.

Deep Rai, a US national of Indian origin, was shot outside his home on Friday in Kent, Washington, by a man who shouted "go back to your own country".

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is investigating the incident as a potentially hate-motivated crime.

"The Seattle FBI is assisting the Kent Police Department through a joint investigation of the shooting incident.

"The FBI remains committed to investigating crimes that are potentially hate-motivated and we continue to work with all our community partners in the Seattle area," said FBI Seattle Spokesperson Ayn Dietrich.

The FBI is also investigating another shooting in Kansas last week as a hate crime, in which 32-year-old Indian engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla was killed when 51-year-old US Navy veteran Adam Purinton opened fire at him and his friend Alok Madasani, yelling "get out of my country".

In another incident, 43-year-old Harnish Patel, the owner of a convenience store in Lancaster County, South Carolina, was found dead of gunshot wounds in the front yard of his home on Thursday.

In the case of Patel, the County Sheriff had pointed out that this may not be a hate crime.

Meanwhile, the US has assured India of "speedy justice" to the Indian-American victims of alleged hate-related crimes.

India's Ambassador to the US Navtej Sarna reached out to the State Department to convey his "deep concerns" to the US government on the recent tragic incidents involving Harnish Patel and Deep Rai.

"State Department, on behalf of US government, expressed condolences and assured they are working with all agencies concerned to ensure speedy justice," the Indian embassy in the US said in a series of tweets.

"Amb @NavtejSarna convyd r deep concerns to US Gov on recent tragic incidents involving Hardish Patel & Deep Rai," Embassy of India in Washington tweeted today.

"Amb @NavtejSarna underlined need to prevent such incidents and protect Indian community," it said in another tweet.   

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