Hate crimes against Indians in US are being viewed seriously by the government: Home minister

Hira Nair leads a chant during a march before a vigil for Srinivas Kuchibhotla, an Indian engineer who was shot and killed, at a conference center in Olathe, Kansas, US, February 26, 2017. Photograph:( Reuters )

WION New Delhi, Delhi, India Mar 09, 2017, 09.20 AM (IST)

Home minister Rajnath Singh said today that alleged hate crimes against Indians in the US are being viewed seriously by India, and the government will make a statement on the matter next in Parliament, Times of India reports. 

At least two people of Indian-origin in recent weeks have been killed in the US in incidents of apparent hate crimes. 

On February 22, in Kansas, Olathe, a man shot three men--including Srinivas Kuchibhotla, who died--because he said he thought they were Iranian. Before firing, a witness heard the shooter say, "Get out of my country".

On March 3, 43-year-old Harnish Patel was killed in South Carolina, when he was shot dead within ten minutes of closing up his store for the night. 

While it wasn't fatal, on March 5, a 39-year-old Sikh man, Deep Rai, was shot in the arm. Rai alleges he also heard the shooter say prior to firing, "Get out of my country!".

Opposition members have raised the issue in the Lok Sabha, and the home minister said that the government has taken serious note.

During Question Hour he said a statement from the government would be forthcoming from Parliament next week.

Ananth Kumar, the Parliamentary affairs minister, also said the government was very concerned about the violent incidents in the US.