He too was told to "go back to [his] country"
In recent months, the wave of attacks on Indians in the USA rises more and more. In just the last 13 days, there have been three violent attacks on Indian-origin men.
One man died in Kansas, while two others became subjects of an attack in Seattle. Another was also attacked in Washington.
These attacks on Indians, supposedly racially motivated, are currently under investigation by the FBI.
On 22nd February 2017, two Indian men, named Srinivas Kuchibhotla and Alok Madasani, were attacked when a shooter opened fire on them.
The attack took place in a Seattle bar. Allegedly the shooter, Adam Purinton, told the men to “get out of my country”.
While Alok survived, Srinivas died from the shooting. Police charged the attacker with first-degree murder and two charges of attempted first-degree murder.
Then on 2nd March 2017, South Carolina police found an Indian shopkeeper named Harnish Patel murdered outside his home. They found gunshot wounds on his body.
More recently, an attacker shot Deep Rai, an Indian-origin man, while he worked on his vehicle in Kent, Washington.
It happened on the driveway of his home on 3rd March 2017. He too was told to “go back to [his] country”.
Now fears grow over the relationship between the USA and India. India sent officials to assist in the cases of Harnish Patel and Deep Rai, even though the men were of American nationality.
Reports claim even Alok Madasani’s father advised Indian parents against sending their children to the USA.
Some reportedly blame US President Donald Trump’s attitude towards immigration for the attacks on Indians. They believe his recent policies sparked an influence in these attacks.
Currently, both Trump and the White House have made no comment on the attacks. However, press secretary Sean Spicer said:
“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.”
While the White House disagree with the claims, the FBI will expectedly soon release more information after their investigation finishes.