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Lok Sabha members voice concern over killing of Indians in US

Lok Sabha members on Thursday expressed concern over the killing of Indians in the United States and sought answers from the government.

Raising the matter during Zero Hour, Congress leader of the house Mallikarjun Kharge said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi should come to the House and give an answer on the killing of Indians in the US.

"Why is the government silent on this issue. Around 1.70 lakh Indian students are there for studies. Lakhs of Indians are there for work purposes. They are being targetted. Their parents in India are worried," Kharge said.

He said,"Prime Minister reacts on tweets on every issue. But why is he silent on this. He must answer and should share the details of its plan to stop such attacks."

Expressing his deep concern over the killing of Indians, Biju Janata Dal leader Bhartruhari Mahtab sought to know from the government why Indians are getting killed there.

Shiromani Akali Dal leader Prem Singh Chandumajra said that such incidents of killings of Indians in US and other parts of world are not new.

"There have been racial attacks on Indians in US in the past. Government should take it seriously," he said.

CPI-M leader Mohammad Saleem said: "We mourn the killings of Indians in US but at the same time we also condemn it."

He urged the government to to raise this issue at the highest level and the Prime Minister should discuss the issue with to US President Donald Trump.

Jithendra Reddy of Telangana Rashtra Samiti sought a detailed statement from the External Affairs Minister over the issue as the parents of the students or Indians living in the US are worried.

Responding to the issue, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said the government has taken the issue very seriously.

"We are saddened by such incidents. We condemn it," he said.

"The government will take all steps so that Indian feel safe there," he added.

Rajnath Singh also said that as External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj is unwell, a detailed statement will be given in the House next week.

The members were voicing concern over the killing of Indian engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla in Kansas on February 22 in an apparent hate crime, and of another Indian Harnish Patel a week later. A Sikh man, Deep Rai, who was an American citizen, was fired at in a racial attack last week, and is out of danger. US President has condemned the Kansas shooting.
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