Minister of External Affairs, Sushma Swaraj has reached out to the families of two Indian victims of suspected hate crime shootings in US. Harnish Patel, Indian-origin store owner in the US was shot dead outside his home while Deep Rai, a 39-year-old Sikh man was injured when a unidentified man shot him on the arm.
The Minister, further, took to a social networking site to inform that Deep Rai had a bullet injury on his arm and is currently out of danger.
“He (Deep Rai’s father, Sardar Harpal Singh) told me that his son had a bullet injury on his arm. He is out of danger and is recovering in a private hospital,” the minister tweeted.
Condoling the death of Harnish Patel, Swaraj said that the Indian counsul had reached Lancaster and met the victim’s family.
43 -year-old Harnish was found dead of gunshot wounds in the front yard of his home on Thursday. It is suspected that Patel was confronted by the killer while driving back home from his store, just 6 km away.
Deep Rai, on the other hand, had been shot by a partially- masked gunman who shouted "go back to your own country".
Both the incidents comes just days after an Indian engineer, Srinivas Kuchibhotla, was killed in Kansas last month when a 51-year-old US Navy veteran Adam Purinton fired at him and his friend Alok Madasani. This time, too, the attackers yelled, "get out of my country".