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Candlelight vigil held for techie killed in US

Hyderabad: Condemning the killing of an Indian engineer in an apparent hate crime in the US, a group of citizens, including the family members of the victim, held a candlelight vigil at KBR Park here.

Carrying candles and placards that read ‘stop racism’, ‘stop hate crimes’ and ‘wake up India-Unite to save NRIs in US’, the citizens, including the family members and relatives of Srinivas Kuchibhotla (32), the techie killed in a bar shooting in Kansas city last month, assembled near the park last evening.

The event was organised under the banner of Telangana NRI Parents Association and Telangana chapter of All India Peace and Solidarity Organisation.

Those assembled paid tributes to Kuchibhotla and Vamshi Reddy, a 27-year-old software engineer from Warangal who, too, was killed in the US in another incident in early February.

“We organised the protest to condemn the killings of Indians (in the US). Prime Minister (Narendra Modi) and Telangana Chief Minister (Chandrasekhar Rao) should intervene and ensure hate crimes against the Indian community stop,” one of the participants said.

—PTI