Hate crimes: Fear is the key for Indian-Americans amid growing racial attacks

The deaths of two Indian-Americans in the US in the space of less than two weeks have sparked anxiety among the community. In images
  • Americans for Refugees and Immigrants executive director Anny Khan (centre) speaks during a vigil in honour of Srinivas Kuchibhotla (pictured in foreground), an Indian immigrant who was recently shot and killed in Kansas, at Crossroads Park in Bellevue, Washington, on Sunday. AFP
  • Last month, 32-year-old Indian engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla was killed when 51-year-old US Navy veteran Adam Purinton opened fire at him and his friend Alok Madasani, yelling ‘get out of my country’. Reuters
  • Indian-origin American Harnish Patel was also killed in suspected hate crime in South Carolina on Thursday following the Kansas bar shooting. A third Indian-origin American Deep Rai was also shot in the arm by a masked attacker at his home near Seattle late Friday. AFP
  • Indian-American Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal addresses the peace vigil for Srinivas Kuchibhotla on Sunday. AFP
  • King County executive Dow Constantine speaks during the vigil on Sunday. Photo: Reuters
  • The bias-related incidents in the US raise concerns over the safety of the members of the Indian-American community in the country. Reuters
  • There are some 3.1 million Americans of Indian origin in the US and many thousands of Indians travel to the US for higher education, work or to visit their relatives. Reuters
Srinivas Kuchibhotla, an Indian who was in the US on a H1B visa, and Indian-origin American Harnish Patel were killed in suspected hate crimes in the US in recent days—triggering fears about travel and safety of those living in America. A third Indian-origin American Deep Rai was shot in the arm by a masked attacker on late Friday.