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Sunaina Kuchibbhotla demands for justice in a press conference

 2017-02-25 12:02:20.0

Sunaina Kuchibbhotla demands for justice in a press conference

NEW DELHI: Sunanina Kuchubhotla , wife of the Indian techie Srinivas Kuchibhotla, who was killed in Kansas City bar in an apparent hate crime, held a press conference on Saturday demanding answers from the government over the measures US would take to safeguard its minorities.

Srinivas Kuchibhotla moved to Kansas city in 2011 after working a company in Rockwell, Collins, Iowa where he worked for six years before moving to Garmin.


Sunanina said she was concerned about the shootings and doubted if her family should stay in the United States, she said, her husband had assured her saying: "Good things happen in America."

"I don't know what to say...we've read many times in newspapers of some kind of shooting happening everywhere. And we always wondered, how safe, or I especially, I was always concerned: 'Are we doing the right thing of staying in [the] United States of America?"


Shrinivas was an aviation engineer working at Garmin, was killed by navy veteran Adam Purinton at Austins Bar and Grill on Olathe on wednsday night. His companion Alok Madasani Alok Reddy survived the shooting and is now recovering from his injuries.

Sunaina has appealed for an answer from the government after what happened in Kansas City, the 32 year-old techie was a victim of a hate crime. The navy veteran Adam Purinton shot two people that night over an argument ,after which the accused walked freely to another bar.She says "I was told that that guy very proudly went to another bar and told that he shot two Muslim guys. How did he decide that by the color of a person? Does the color of the person state that he is a Muslim, a Hindu or a Christian? No. So how did that guy decide that?"

The 27 year-old, who hailed from Warangal district, died when the assailant opened fire while fleeing after robbing a woman.

These are not isolated incidents. More than 30 techies an students from Telugu states have died since 2008, victims of hate crime or accidents.Young dreams were cut short by the disasters that hit one of the largest groups among the Indian community in US.

More than 60,000 Telugus are estimated to be living in the US. Many youngsters are advanced degrees and have become successful software professionals, engineers, doctores and business managers.

Bodies like the Telugu Association of North America (TANA) have drafted safety guidelines , there have been demands that Indian authorities guide the citizens, especially students, on dos and don'ts.

Students are more more vulnerable to attacks as they take up part-time jobs in areas with high crime rates as they are offered more money than in other area.

The US mission in India issued 60,000 student visa in 2015, the US consulate general in Hyderabad issued the largest number.

According to the US officials, the Consulate General in Hyderabad issued the fifth largest number of students in the world.

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