Kent, March 6: The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on Sunday issued an official statement to help the Kent Police in investigating Saturday’s shooting of a Sikh man as “potentially hate-motivated” crime.
On Saturday a 39-year-old Deep Rai was shot in the arm by a white man who yelled “go back to your own country” before attacking Rai.
Several groups including the British Columbia Peoples Party and the New York-based the Sikh Coalition have demanded the incident be investigated as a hate crime.
Alarmed by the incidence, Indian Ambassador Navtej Sarna has also underlined need to prevent such incidents and protect Indian community. State Dept, on behalf of US Govt has expressed condolences and assured justice and protection of community.
Indian Amb to US Navtej Sarna conveyed deep concerns to US Govt, on recent tragic incidents involving Harnish Patel & Deep Rai (file pic) pic.twitter.com/vLHSDXuqOl
— ANI (@ANI_news) March 5, 2017
Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj yesterday spoke to the Victim’s father and updated the country about Singh’s well being. She tweeted: 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.
In less than ten days, it is third such incident against an Indian origin man. Just on Thursday, 43 year old Harnish Patel was found dead outside his residence in South Carolina. On February 22, Srinivas Kuchibhotla an engineer from Hyderabad lost his life in one such incident. He, along with his friend was attacked in Kansas wherein shooter told them to leave their country before the attack.
As for Sunday’s event, Kent Police have been speaking to witnesses in the area. “We are putting all possible resources toward this investigation,” said police chief Ken Thomas. “To think that this could happen in our community was very surprising and extremely disappointing,” he added, according to CNN.