India's government rushes diplomats to Olathe to monitor bar shooting investigation

HYDERABAD, India - The shooting of two Indians in a crowded Olathe bar has sent shock waves through their hometowns and India's government is rushing diplomats to monitor progress in investigation into the crime.

Jaganmohan Reddy, father of an engineer who was injured in the shooting incident on Wednesday night, says he thinks it's a hate crime.

He says such incidents have increased after the recent political changes in the United States. India's External Affairs Ministry spokesman says another Indian engineer, Srinivas Kuchibhotla, who was fatally shot in the attack, hailed from Hyderabad, the capital of southern Telangana state.

The suspected attacker, Adam Purinton, has been taken into custody and charged on Thursday with murder and attempted murder.

The Embassy of India in Washington D.C. released the following statement on the shooting: 

"Embassy has been closely monitoring the tragic incident involving two Indian nationals in Kansas.

The Indian Consulate in Houston is in close contact with the family of the deceased- Mr. Srinivas Kuchibhotla. In their hour of grief, we are providing all help and assistance to the bereaved family. Arrangements are being made to transport his mortal remains to India. 

Government officials have also met with the injured victim- Mr. Alok Madasani and are ensuring his well-being. 

Government of India has also taken up the matter with the U.S. authorities to express our deep concern and have asked for speedy investigation. US Government while condemning the attack, have assured us that they are conducting a thorough investigation into the matter."

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