Top US Lawyer Calls Murdered Hyderabad Techie “Sikh” By Mistake

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NEW YORK: US Attorney General Jeff Sessions has erroneously referred to Indian engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla, who was shot dead in a hate crime at a suburban Kansas City bar last year, as Sikh.
A US Navy veteran was last week awarded three consecutive life sentences on federal hate crime charges for killing Mr Kuchibhotla and wounding two others at a suburban Kansas City bar last year.
Adam Purinton of Olathe shot and killed 32-year-old Mr Kuchibhotla, and injured two others, Indian national Alok Madasani and Kansas resident Ian Grillot, at Austins Bar & Grill in Olathe, Kansas, in February 2017.Jeff Sessions, America’s top law enforcement official said this while addressing the Alliance Defending Freedom’s Summit on Religious Liberty on August 8, a day after Purinton was awarded three consecutive life sentences.“Yesterday, we obtained a life sentence for a man who murdered an Indian-American man, a Sikh as it turned out, because he thought he was a Muslim,” Mr Sessions said in his remarks at the summit.“This is the kind of horrible things we do not need to allow in this country,” Mr Sessions added in his speech, the video of which is available online.While Mr Sessions did not name Mr Kuchibhotla, the reference was to the August 7 sentencing of Purinton when he was handed down three consecutive life terms for killing the Hyderabad native.
The mistake of wrongly identifying Mr Kuchibhotla as a Sikh was pointed out by PTI in New York to the Department of Justice’s Office of Public Affairs.