Family members, relatives, friends and people from different walks of life bid a tearful adieu to Indian techie Srinivas Kuchibhotla, who was shot dead in the US on 22 February in a suspected hate crime. His last rites were performed at the cremation ground in Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad on Tuesday.
K Madhusudhana Sastry performed the last rites of his son as some of the mourners including the techie's friends were seen carrying placards with slogans like "down with racism". Thirty-two-year-old Kuchibhotla was killed and Alok Madasani was injured when Adam W Purinton, a white man who earlier served in the US Navy, shot them at the Austins Bar and Grill in Olathe, Kansas state.
Purinton got into an argument with the two and hurled racial slurs. He yelled "get out of my country", "terrorist" before shooting them. Kuchibhotla's wife, Sunayana Dumala took to Facebook and wrote a tribute to her late husband.
"He was always worried about immigration and its laws. He followed them very closely over the internet. There were days when he used to talk about how it’s been quite a few years since we applied for our permanent residency card, and he didn’t know how much longer we have to wait for it. He used to say having one would give him the chance to explore even more his passion for the aviation industry. He very closely monitored the H4 EAD rule and did whatever he could do in his capacity for the rule to be passed - not just for me, but for every woman and for those who deserve a career and a chance to fulfill their dreams," she wrote.
In her heartfelt post, she questioned the hatred.
"I will now ask same question — On what basis we decide a person is good or bad, and of course, it’s not based on the color of your skin. So what decides that? Many times, these issues are talked about for a few weeks and people tend to forget about them afterward, but the fight must go on towards eradicating hatred from the minds of people. So what is the government going to do to stop hate crime? Lastly, to answer the question that is in every immigrant’s mind, DO WE BELONG HERE?" she asked.
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With inputs from IANS
Published Date: Mar 01, 2017 02:10 pm | Updated Date: Mar 01, 2017 02:10 pm