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Official Spokesperson's response to a query on the reported demarche to the US Government

February 28, 2017

In response to a query regarding media reports that the Embassy of India in Washington D.C. had issued a demarche to the US State Department, the Official Spokesperson said:

"The Government of the United States and senior authorities in Kansas have pro-actively responded to the unfortunate death of Shri Srinivas Kuchibhotla. In this context, I would like to draw your attention to the strong condemnation of the tragic shooting, issued by the US Embassy in New Delhi on 24th February. Further, the Charge d’ Affaires of USA stated that the US welcomes people from across the world and the US authorities will investigate thoroughly and prosecute the case. This approach is reflected in the sentiments and assurances from senior most authorities of Kansas, who have reached out to the Indian Consul General in Houston. These developments obviated the need for a demarche by the Government on this matter.

It is important to note that the US authorities are engaged with us on the larger concern regarding safety of Indians in the US, a matter which continues to receive the Government’s top priority.

We also must not forget the noble and courageous gesture of the young American Mr. Ian Grillot, who risked his life while countering the shooter.”

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