US President Joe Biden and administration opened up about the recent rise in attacks on Indian immigrants and Indian-American persons in the country. White House administration said that Biden is working "very hard" to stop the slew of attacks and mysterious deaths reported from various parts of the country in recent times. John Kirby, Coordinator for Strategic Communications at the National Security Council in the White House addressed the press to clear their stance. "There is no excuse for violence, certainly based on race or gender or religion or any other factor. That's just unacceptable here in the United States," he said.
Kirby said that the President is doing "everything he can" to thwart the attacks and hold the perpetrators accountable. Several deaths of Indians in the US, mostly immigrant students, have been reported recently.
Alarming Rate Of Indians Attacked In The US
The recent rise in cases of attacks and deaths of Indian persons urges cognisance into the matter of safeguarding immigrants and Indian natives in the United States. More than six Indian persons deaths and attacks have been reported in the last month.
February 5: Sameer Kamath
An Indian-origin student of Purdue University was found dead in a park on February 5. According to the Press Trust of India, e. The Warren County Coroner’s office has ruled his death as suicide, saying that it was from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. The press release said that a forensic autopsy was performed on Kamath on February 6. A toxicology report is pending. Sameer Kamath was a US citizen who was completing his doctorate in mechanical engineering.
Abhinav Ramkumar, a friend of Kamath's said that Kamath visited Counseling and Psychological Services twice in the months leading up to his death. Both times, Ramkumar went with him, as they both struggled with social interaction and were able to bond over it. “We need to do more for mental health and a renewed attention on graduate students. Especially people who are from different types of backgrounds," he said.
February 2: Vivek Taneja
A 41-year-old Indian-origin businessman died on February 7, five days after he was injured in an assault in Washington. On February 2, Vivek Taneja sustained life-threatening head injuries after a verbal argument turned violent outside a restaurant in downtown Washington. The Metropolitan Police Department caught the assault on surveillance cameras, where the suspect can be seen blowing a punch, after which Taneja fell to the ground and hit his head on the pavement.
Police are now treating Taneja's death as a homicide and are actively on the lookout for the unidentified attacker. The MPD is offering a reward to anyone who provides information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the crime.
February 1: Shreyas Reddy Beniger
On February 1, Shreyas Reddy Beniger, another Indian-American student was found dead in the state of Ohio, USA. The 19-year-old's parents reportedly live in Hyderabad and he was a student at the Linder School of Business in Ohio. Although the cause of his death was not revealed, the Indian Consulate in New York had stated that any foul play or hate crime had been ruled out.
January 29: Neel Acharya
An Indian student of Purdue University, USA, was found dead on campus after a day of going missing. Neel Acharya was last seen by an Uber driver who dropped him off at campus. His mother, Gaury Acharya had sought help from X to trace Neel, just hours before his death was confirmed. The cause of death has not been disclosed. Neel Acharya was a student of computer science and data science at Purdue.
January 20: Akul Dhawan
On January 20, 18-year-old Akul Dhawan studying at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) was found dead just outside the campus. The autopsy reports stated that the possible cause of death was hypothermia. Several questions on the police timeline and Dhawan's alcohol consumption have raised eyebrows.
Dhawan's parents in India accused the university's police department of negligence and inaction after the teenager was reported missing. "This is bizarre, that a kid is never found who was just less than a block, like one minute away, sitting there, dead, frozen to death," his father Ish Dhawan said.
January 16: Vivek Saini
On the night of January 16, a 25-year-old Haryana man studying in the US was murdered by a homeless man. Vivek Saini was working part-time at a convenience store where he offered some water, a pack of chips, and a jacket to the homeless man, Julian Faulkner. After the compassionate act, Saini asked Faulkner to leave the store but Saini was attacked with a hammer, leading to his death. Saini belonged to Panchakula and was pursuing an MBA in Georgia's Lithonia.