Kansas incident: Sushma Swaraj offers condolences, assures assistance

New Delhi: External Affairs Minister (EAM) Sushma Swaraj on Sunday offered condolences to the bereaved family of the 26-year-old Indian-origin student who was killed in Kansas City, United States.

Swaraj assured that the Kansas incident will be followed up with the police, adding that all the assistance will be provided to the family.

“Kansas incident – My heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family. We will follow this up with the Police and provide all assistance to the family,” she tweeted.

For those unversed, a 26-year-old student from Telangana was killed after unknown persons opened fire at a restaurant in Kansas City.

The deceased, identified as Sharath Koppu, was studying at the University of Missouri-Kansas City or UMKC.

The victim’s cousin told ANI that a group of unidentified miscreants opened fire at a restaurant in Kansas, during which Sharath received five bullet injuries.

Although Sharath was immediately shifted to a hospital in the vicinity, his cousin said the victim succumbed to his injuries.

“My cousin (Sharath Koppu) moved to the USA in January this year, after he received full scholarship to study at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Last night, we got to know that he was brutally killed by gunshots fired by unknown people around 8 pm (USA time). This is a very sad day for all of us,” said the victim’s cousin, Sandeep Vemulakonda.

Sandeep urged External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to look into the matter and nab the culprit.

He also requested the Indian Embassy in the USA to send Sharath’s body to Hyderabad for the last rites. (ANI)