Kansas Shooting: Telugu Association in US asks its members to communicate in English in public

Days after Indian origin engineer Srinivas Kuchibholta was shot dead by a former navy veteran in Kansas, the ‘Telangana American Telugu Association’ has asked its members of the community living in the United States to avoid speaking in their native language in public places in order to avoid any misunderstandings by the local Americans.

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On last Wednesday, an American navy veteran opened fire at two Indians at the Austins Bar and Grill in Kansas City in which one engineer Srinivas Kuchibholta died and another Indian and his colleague, Alok Madasani got injured and an American man, Ian Grillot were shot at by the navy veteran. Eyewitnesses at the Austins Bar and Grill had heard him shouting “Get out of my country” before he started shooting at the men whom he believed were Arabs.

The organisation has further advised its people not to get into argument with others in public places and leave the place immediately without any confrontation. The outfit has also asked to avoid going to isolated places. The survival tips were put up in ‘Telangana American Telugu Association’s Facebook post titled, “Some tips for community members and South Asian descent during these challenging times”.

This incident took place weeks after President Donald Trump introduced the change in the country’s immigration policy.

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