Kansas Governor writes to PM Modi, says he regrets violence against Indians

Srinivas Kuchibhotla, 32, was killed and Alok Madasani, another Indian was injured in a shooting by navy veteran Adam Purinton, who shouted "terrorist" and "get out of my country" before starting the firing at Kansas last month

Kansas Governor writes to PM Modi, says he regrets violence against Indians

The Kansas Governor San Brownback has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressing "profound regret" at the shooting against Indian nationals last month and said in the letter that acts of hate and intolerance have no place in his state.

Srinivas Kuchibhotla, 32, was killed and Alok Madasani, another Indian was injured in a shooting by navy veteran Adam Purinton, who shouted "terrorist" and "get out of my country" before starting the firing at Kansas last month.

The Kansas shooting and two other hate crimes against Indians and Indian-Americans since then  has shocked the large Indian community in the US.

"As Governor of the State of Kansas, I would like to express my deep sadness and profound regret at the terrible act of violence committed against Srinu Kuchibhotla and Alok Madasani. The people of Kansas share in my shock and horror. Words cannot express the sorrow that we feel for Srinu's wife, Sunayana, and his family in Hyderabad," wrote Brownback.

"In the time since Srinu's death, we have reflected on his life, and the words I have heard most often to describe him are that he was courageous, and that he loved his family, and that he respected elders. We strive to live in Srinu s example of courage and love and respect," the Governor wrote in the letter dated March 3, a copy of which has been seen by . 

He also said that Kansans have been hit by Sunayana's grace and determination.

The Governor in his letter told Prime Minister that open arms of friendship are the very hallmarks of being a Kansan, and added Srinu embodied the essence of what it means to be a Kansan.

"His friends describe him as charming, caring and loving. He brought with him his immense talents and education and passion. His story is similar to the thousands of Indian diaspora who have called Kansas home over generations," he wrote. 

"They have enjoyed tremendous success through their ingenuity, hard work, and determination. Our state has thrived because of their contributions," Brownback said in his letter, adding that he would like to personally welcome Indians to his state. 

He had met the Indian Consul General Dr Anupam Ray in Topeka and conveyed his sincere condolences and repeated his strong commitment to providing a safe and welcoming environement in Kansas.