New Delhi, March 15: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj spoke in Parliament regarding the safety and security of the Indians abroad, especially in U.S after the increasing cases of hate crimes and racial attacks on Indians in the United States.On speaking about the growing racist attacks Sushma Swaraj said that, “safety and security of Indians abroad is the top priority for the government. Even if there is one Indian in trouble we try to solve (the problem) in 24 hours.”
Talking about Deep Rai, a Sikh who was shot outside his house in Seattle, Swaraj said that MEA officials reached out to his family and that he is in hospital and recuperating from the attack. On Srinivas Kuchibhotla, who was shot dead in a Texas pub on 23 February, the minister added that the government was proactive in helping his kin and that she has personally taken stock of the situation. She also read out an excerpt from a letter which appreciated the work done by her ministry.
“These are stray incidents and they don’t reflect the sentiments of entire America towards Indians,” she added.
On speaking about Kansas Shooting Swaraj also revealed that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi who was busy campaigning for the elections was continuously asking her to give updates about what MEA was doing about it and what will it be doing in future?
Sushma Swaraj said that US authorities have given positive response on India’s concerns over attacks on citizens of Indian origin. American authorities have demanded a speedy investigation; they also have assured strong actions in these incidents. The US authorities including President Donald Trump have strongly condemned these incidents.” Indian government is in constant touch with the US administration at the highest level on the attacks, she added.