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Attacks on Indians in US: Capt Amarinder seeks Centre’s intervention

Statesman News Service | Chandigarh |

Punjab Congress president Captain Amarinder Singh on Monday sought the Union government's intervention in ensuring protection of Indians' living abroad.

In a statement issued, Capt Amarinder said that the growing intolerance and the spate of violence targeting the Indian diaspora in the US has serious implications for the country and needed to be checked. He accused the Union government of failure to take up the issue.

"The Narendra Modi-led Central government should engage with Donald Trump's administration in the US at the highest levels to pre-empt any further incidents of this kind," he said.

The sudden increase of such acts, particularly in the US, suggested the lack of a protective policy framework to secure and safeguard the Indians' living abroad, he said.

"Whatever, the provocation or the motivation, these attacks were tantamount to murder and attempted murder and needed to be tackled as crimes, with exemplary and deterrent punishment to the culprits," he said.

Amarinder also cited the string of attacks against people of Indian origin in recent days. He urged the Trump administration to come out openly and sternly against elements engaged in perpetrating hate crimes against members of the Indian community.