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FBI aiding in investigation of Deep Rai Shooting

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Vehicles sit parked at the home and driveway where Deep Rai was shot in the arm Friday, March 3, 2017, in Kent, Wash.

Kent, WA (Diya TV) — The FBI is offering a helping hand to the Kent Police Department as they investigate the shooting of a Sikh man who claims his attacker told him to “go back to your own country” before he began firing.

A Sunday statement from the FBI’s Seattle office said the agency remains “committed to investigating crimes that are potentially hate-motivated.”

The victim of the Friday shooting was publicly identified as Deep Rai Sunday, information that was shared in a tweet from India’s minister of external affairs, Sushma Swaraj. She also tweeted that Rai is out of danger. “I am sorry to know about the attack on Deep Rai, a U.S. national of Indian origin,” Swaraj tweeted. She said she has spoken to his father, and “He told me that his son had a bullet injury on his arm. He is out of danger and is recovering …”

Meanwhile, police chief Ken Thomas said detectives have been canvassing Kent’s East Hill neighborhood and talking to potential witnesses and area businesses. “We are putting all possible resources toward this investigation,” Thomas told the Seattle Times. 

The British Columbia Peoples Party sent a letter to Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, condemning the shooting and asking for “immediate actions to prevent such racial crimes in (the) State of Washington.”

Inslee said he had reached out to the Sikh communities in Washington and condemned the shooting, which he said “echoes the disturbing pattern of anti-immigrant, anti-Semitic, and anti-Muslim attacks in our state, and across the country.”

“These acts of violence are hateful, detestable, and un-American,” he added.

The 39-year-old Rai told police he was working on his car in his driveway at around 8 pm when a six-foot-tall white man with a stocky build approached him on foot. The man, according to Rai, was wearing a mask to cover half his face, and told him to “go back to your own country” before he shot Rai in the arm.

The Seattle-area shooting follows the Feb. 22 attack on two Indian computer engineers — Srinivas Kuchibhotla and Alok Madasani — in a Kansas bar that left one dead and was condemned by President Donald Trump as an act of hate about a week later. The Sikh Coalition, a national civil-rights group, asked local and federal authorities to investigate the shooting in suburban Seattle as a hate crime.

About 50,000 Sikhs live in Washington state.

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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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