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Ian Grillot: ‘I still don’t view myself as a hero’

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Ian Grillot, the man who intervened in the Kansas shooting at Austins Bar and Grill.

OLATHE, Kansas (Diya TV) — Ian Grillot wasn’t conscious to what a man was saying as he verbally assaulted two Indian men at a Kansas bar, but when Grillot saw a gun drawn, he immediately knew the two men were being targeted.

During a press conference Tuesday, Grillot stopped just short of labeling the Olathe slaying of Srinivas Kuchibhotla a “hate crime.” But “he went directly toward those men,” Grillot said of the shooter. “I can’t say it, but it seems pretty blatantly obvious what it was.”

The FBI, on the other hand, charged full steam ahead with a clarification of the shooting’s investigation Tuesday. It is being investigated as a hate crime:

President Donald Trump made mention of the shooting during his Tuesday joint address to Congress, almost heeding the calls of Grillot just hours earlier. “It would be nice for him to give some kind of closure,” Grillot said at the news conference. “I know people all around the world are waiting for something, some kind of statement.”

He spoke from a wheelchair at the University of Kansas hospital, where he is recovering from two gunshot wounds he suffered during the incident. His voice was hoarse because the bullet that went through his right hand and into his chest affected his vocal chords. Justin Green, the trauma doctor who treated Grillot, said the bullet traversed “the highest-priced real estate you have in your body short of the brain,” missing the heart, the trachea, the major blood vessels, the spine, the esophagus. One lung did collapse. Grillot was literally 1 centimeter away from death, Green said.

Grillot is being hailed worldwide as a hero for his intervention in the shooting, Srinivas Kuchibhotla, an Indian national employed at Garmin on a special work visa was killed in the shooting. He was 32. Kuchibhotla’s Garmin co-worker, 32-year-old Alok Madasani was also wounded in the incident.

“I still don’t view myself as a hero,” Grillot said. “I was just doing the right thing. We’re humans. We should stick up for each other. We’re all we got in this world.”

The suspected gunman, Navy veteran Adam Purinton, 51, was arrested early the next day at an Applebee’s in Clinton, Mo., after he allegedly told a bartender there that he had just shot two Iranian men. He is charged with first-degree murder and attempted murder in the shootings.

A GoFundMe page has been established to raise money for Grillot’s recovery, as of Wednesday afternoon its raised just over $450,000. “This whole racial divide and ethnic war that we have going on, it’s been going on too long,” he said. “Life is too short for anger and hate. There is no reason for it.”

Information from The Kansas City Star contributed to this report.

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Missing Hindu woman found mutilated in Pakistan

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) – The mutilated body of a Hindu woman was found in a field in southeastern Pakistan. Police say 40 year old Daya Bheel was murdered in the latest suspected attack against minorities in the Muslim-majority country. Authorities say they have arrested some suspects but have not determined a motive.

The Khosla family has donated nearly 2 million dollars to the Nudge Institute to help fight poverty. The philanthropists have donated millions of dollars for many other causes.

And disgraced FTX founder Sam Bankman-fried pleaded not guilty to eight different counts of wire fraud, securities fraud, and conspiracy before a U.S. federal court in the Southern District of New York. U.S. prosecutors allege that under Bankman-Fried’s direction, FTX, once considered one of the largest and most-trusted cryptocurrency exchanges, transferred billions in customer assets to his trading firm, Alameda Research. If convicted of these charges, Bankman-Fried faces up to 115 years in prison.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Christmas crash kills Indian American toddler

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Tragic news out of Nevada. Authorities say an Indian American toddler has died in a devastating Christmas day car crash and his mother is in critical condition fighting for her life. Authorities say the accident happened on a busy Las Vegas boulevard and they were returning home from a trip in California.

Anil Beephan is now the first Indian American Republican ever to be elected to the New York State Assembly in Albany. So far only Indian American Democrats have been elected to the state legislature. Beephan will also become the first minority to represent Dutchess County and at 29 years old, he’s the youngest GOP rep in the state legislature. He’s currently in the tech industry and has also worked as a volunteer firefighter.

Vice President Kamala Harris has named Indian American Rajeev Badyal to a key national advisory group, responsible for strategy and recommendations to improve and maintain space policy. Badyal already works for Amazon, helping launch satellites into orbit. 

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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EXCLUSIVE: Warriors host first-ever Bhangra Night

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) – The Golden State Warriors first-ever Bhangra Night made its debut during the Warriors-Jazz game at the Chase Center in San Francisco. The Warriors say it’s a chance for the team to connect with the Bay Area’s rapidly growing South Asian community and fan base. Only Diya TV was on hand to capture the festivities. This change from the annual Bollywood night was supposed to take place in 2020 but was postponed because of the pandemic.

A federal jury in San Francisco has convicted Sivannarayana Barama of insider trading. Authorities say he used the quarterly financial performance of Palo Alto Networks before that information was released to the public and then traded in that company’s stock while that information was still confidential. Barama worked in IT for several Silicon Valley companies.

U.S. Border Patrol caught more than 4000 Indians illegally crossing the Mexico border in October and November. That’s more than double compared to the same time frame last year. An Indian man recently died climbing a border wall in Texas. The Biden administration is struggling to contain a surge of illegal immigration at the southern border.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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