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India raises 'deep concerns' over hate crimes, US assures 'speedy justice'

India's ambassador to the US Navtej Sarna 'underlined' the need to prevent attacks like these. Photograph: (AFP)

WION New Delhi, Delhi, India Mar 06, 2017, 02.57 AM (IST)

Following recent incidents of race-related attacks on the Indian community in US, Indian ambassador to the US Navtej Sarna reached out to the State Department to convey his "deep concerns" to US government.

The US has, in turn, assured India of “speedy justice” to victims of the recent incidents.

"State Department, on behalf of US Govt, expressed condolences and assured they are working with all agencies concerned to ensure speedy justice," the Indian Embassy in the US said in a series of tweets.

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A 39-year-old Sikh man, Deep Rai was shot in Kent, in the state of Washington while he was working in his vehicle outside his residence at around 8:00 pm PST on Friday when he was approached by an unknown man, The Seattle Times reported. 

Authorities are investigating the shooting as a suspected hate crime, the newspaper reported.

Rai was shot in the arm and alleged the suspect made statements to the effect of "go back to your own country".

Harnish Patel, 43, the owner of a convenience store in Lancaster County, South Carolina, was found dead of gunshot wounds in the front yard of his home on Thursday.

In the case of Patel, the County Sheriff has pointed out that this may not be a hate crime. "We will remain in touch with them," an Indian Embassy source said.

The incidents come close on the heels of shooting in Kansas last month in which 32-year-old Indian engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla was killed when 51-year-old US Navy veteran Adam Purinton opened fire at him and his friend Alok Madasani, yelling "get out of my country".

(WION with inputs from PTI)

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