Venkaiah asks US to take ‘strongest action’ against killing of Indian engineer

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 27 Feb 2017 09:07:50


Feb 26,


UNION Minister Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday condemned the killing of an Indian engineer in Kansas, saying the US Government should respond to such incidents and take the “strongest action”.

“USA should respond to this incident. American President and people of America, they should come out openly to condemn such actions... And then take strongest action. Also send a message that it is not acceptable,” Naidu told reporters here.

“These kind of incidents involving racial discrimination are shameful. They will dent the image of USA. So the US President, administration and civil societies should unequivocally respond and condemn such incidents. I as a central minister condemn such incidents,” he said. According to reports, the shooter who has been arrested, yelled “get out of my country” before opening fire on 32-year-old Srinivas Kuchibhotla and his Indian colleague Alok Madasani on Wednesday night. Srinivas was killed while his friend was injured in the firing in Austins Bar and Grill in Olathe in Kansas City in the US state of Missouri.

Naidu said he spoke regarding the incident to his Cabinet colleague and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, who gave appropriate directions to the Indian High Commission.