Srinivas Kuchibhotla to Balbir Singh, Indians fall victim to ‘hate crime’
The death of Indian engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla in a Kansas bar has left immigrants in the US worried and anxiousindia Updated: Feb 28, 2017 20:16 IST
The death of Indian engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla, 32, in what appears to be a racial attack in the United States has triggered shock and outrage across the country. His colleague Alok Madasani was injured in the shooting that took place at a bar in Kansas but is now out of danger. Adam Purinton, 51, the alleged shooter, thought the two were Middle Easterners and was heard calling them “terrorists” before telling them to “get out of my country”. The attack has left immigrants in the US worried and anxious.
This isn’t, however, the first time that Indians have been targeted. Here’s a look at attacks on Indian in the US and UK:
November 20: Nicki Pancholy, a 41-year-old Indian- American, was attacked in California after her bandana was mistaken for a hijab. The Rajasthani woman has been battling Lupus, which causes hair loss, and wore the bandanna for protection from the sun.
May 30: Davinder Singh, 47, was shot dead at his gas station in Newark, New Jersey. His family described it as hate crime as many Sikhs are mistaken for people from the Middle East because of their turban. His son, Jatinder Singh, told a TV news network, “There was no robbery, no struggle, no confrontation. I don’t know what else it could be other than a hate crime.”
February 26: The Kent Hindu Temple in Washington state was vandalised with several windows broken and the word “fear” painted on its wall.
February 15: A similar incident had taken place a couple of weeks earlier, when unidentified miscreants sprayed swastika and painted “Get Out” on one of the walls of the Bothell Hindu Temple in the Seattle Metropolitan area.
August 10: A 19-year-old British girl assaulted an elderly Sikh man in broad daylight in Coventry in the United Kingdom. The 80-year-old was punched, shoved to the ground and left with a bloodied nose and a black eye. The woman spat on him before walking off.
July 29: An unknown group of men vandalised a gurdwara in California and spray-painted the word “terrorist” on its walls.
June 23: Two men smashed glass and furniture at a Hindu temple in Canada’s British Columbia.
June 11: A young Indian man, Himanshu Goyal, was thrashed and verbally abused by a group of men outside his Bridge Mall eatery in the Australian town of Ballarat.
May 5: An elderly Sikh man was brutally beaten up outside a gurdwara in Fresno, California.
February 26: A Sikh man was shot and injured while driving home from work with his son in Florida. The victim, 47-year-old Kanwaljit Singh recovered from a surgery while his 13-year-old son escaped unhurt.
August 5: An army veteran killed six Sikh men after going on a shooting spree in Oak Creek, Wisconsin.
December 26: Anuj Bidve,a postgraduate student at Lancaster University, was shot in the head by a British man as he was walking down Salford in Great Manchester.
March 6: Two Sikh men were killed by gunmen in California’s Sacramento
September 15: Balbir Singh Sodhi, a gas station owner in Messa, Arizona, was killed just days after 9/11 by a man who was looking for “towel-heads” to avenge the attacks.