Centre very serious about attacks on Indians in US: Rajnath
New Delhi: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday asserted that the Centre has taken very serious note of the hate crimes against Indians in the US and said the Narendra Modi government will come out with a statement on the issue.
“Want to assure the house, that the government has taken up incidents against Indians in the US very seriously and the government will give a statement on it next week,” Rajnath Singh said in Lok Sabha after the resumption of the Budget session of Parliament.
Later on 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.
There have been several incidents of racist attacks on Indians in the US, including the February 22 killing of a Hyderabad techie Srinivas Kuchibhotla at a bar in Kansas city; and the March 2 killing of Indian-origin businessman Harnish Patel outside his home at Lancaster in South Carolina.