Indians fear US travel after high profile attacks


New Delhi: In the most recent incident, after three high profile attacks on Indians in the United States in 10 days – two of them being investigated as possible hate crimes concerns about travel to the country and the safety of relatives there are rising in India.

Recently, a 39-year old Sikh man was shot on Friday outside his home in the Seattle area by a man who shouted, “Go back to your own country!” The man, Deep Rai, is expected to recover; authorities are investigating the incident as a suspected hate crime.

The Seattle area shooting follows the Feb 22 attack on two Indian computer engineers Srinivas Kuchibhotla and Alok Madasani in a Kansas bar that left one dead and was condemned by President Donald Trump as an act of hate about a week later.

On Thursday night, another Indian-origin businessman has been shot dead outside his home in South Carolina. An investigation is ongoing, but according to authorities they have not seen any evidence of a hate crime.

The attacks have prompted some in India seeking to visit study or work in the United States to cancel or change their plans.

Some Indians urged External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to issue a travel warning against the United States, as per sources.

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