External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has opened up on the shooting of a Sikh man in Kent, Washington, taking to Twitter, writing, “I am sorry to know about the attack on Deep Rai a US national of Indian origin. I have spoken to Sardar Harpal Singh father of the victim. He told me that his son had a bullet injury on his arm. He is out of danger and is recovering in a private hospital.”
Earlier, a Sikh man, identified as Deep Rai was shot in the arm by a man who yelled ‘Go back to your country.’ This is the third shooting in recent times against Indians in the US following the killing of Indian techie Srinivas Kuchibhotla and Harnish Patel, a convenience store owner.
Kansas governor Sam Brownback told Indian diplomats and community members that they are a valuable community in the state and are welcomed. Brownback said he was ashamed of the killing of Srinivas Kuchibhotla and the wounding of Alok Madasani last month and it was not characteristic of the state that valued Indians. “The hateful actions of one man doesn’t define us,” Brownback said.