Kansas shooting: Slain Indian engineer to be cremated in Hyderabad today
Srinivas Kuchibhotla was killed and Alok Madasani was injured when Adam W Purinton shot them at the Austins Bar and Grill in Olathe, Kansas state, on Wednesday night.
Hyderabad: The last rites of Indian engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla, who was shot dead in the United States in an apparent hate crime incident, would be performed on Tuesday at Jubliee Hills, family members said.
The mortal remains of the slain 32-year-old arrived here last night.
It was brought by a cargo flight, which arrived at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Shamshabad at around 10 pm.
The body was then taken to his residence in Bachupally area of the city.
Kuchibhotla's parents K Madhusudhana Sastry and Parvata Vardhini and other family members received the body.
After completing all formalities, the body was carried in an ambulance to his house at Bachupally on the city outskirts.
Kuchibhotla's wife Sunayana Dumala, her brother, sister-in-law and another relative reached the city by a passenger flight.
A large number of relatives and friends gathered at the house to catch last glimpse of Kuchibhotla. Police were deployed to stop media persons away from the casket.
A picture of the slain engineer was kept in front of the house to enable people to pay their last respects. Few banners carrying pictures of Kuchibhotla were also put up.
Telangana Transport Minister Mahender Reddy and some leaders of ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), Andhra Pradesh's Minister for NRI Affairs Palle Raghunath Reddy and leaders of various parties also paid their last respects to Kuchibhotla at his house.
Speaking on the occasion, the two Ministers condemned the killing of the techie and urged the central government to take up with the US the issue of safety of all Indians.
Raghunath Reddy said it was a matter of concern that after Donald Trump took over as the President, several incidents of racial discrimination had taken place in the US.
He said the two Telugu states would do everything possible to ensure protection to their professionals and students living in the US.
The Ministry of External Affairs made arrangements to bring the mortal remains.
Police had made elaborate security arrangements at the airport to bar the media from the cargo terminal.
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, on Wednesday night.
Purinton reportedly got into an argument with the victims and hurled racial slurs. He yelled "get out of my country", "terrorist" before shooting them.
Kuchibhotla of Hyderabad and his colleague Madasani from Warangal district in Telangana were working as aviation programme managers at Garmin, an MNC.