The US national from Kansas who has been accused of the death of the India-techie Srinivas Kuchibhotla, Adam Puritan has been indicted in hate crime and could face either death penalty or life imprisonment. This is a strong anti-hate crime message being given out by the Judiciary in the US. He has been indicted on firearm charges and federal hate crime, as quoted by the Times of India.
It will be later determined by the US Justice Department whether it should seek the death penalty or life imprisonment in this particular case, as reported by the media. The US Justice Department announced that it has indicted Puritan of causing the death of Kuchibhotla by shooting and for an attempt to murder of another Indian-techie Alok Madasani for the reasons of their perceived and actual national origin, religion, color, and race.
The eyewitnesses in the case testified that before opening fire at the Indian nationals Puritan shouted and said that the two men from India should leave the US. In this hate crime shooting incident the US national Ian Grillot who attempted to save the victims was also severely injured.
Thomas E Wheeler, II the Acting Assistant Attorney General and Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division Head along with Thomas E Beall the United States Attorney jointly made this announcement.
Puritan has also been indicted and charged with violation of US Federal firearms act by opening fire at Madasani, Kuchibhotla, and Grillot in this incident. He has been accused of committing this offense after considerable preparation and planning, of attempting to cause the death of multiple individuals in a single incident or crime and posing a severe risk to the life of others present in the scene of the crime.
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