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Vikram Jaryal killed in Washington convenience store robbery

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Vikram Jaryal became the fifth Indian national or Indian American convenience store employee to be killed in the U.S. in the last two years.

SEATTLE (Diya TV) – Vikram Jaryal is the fifth Indian national or Indian American convenience store employee to be killed in the U.S. in the last two years. Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Saturday said she received a report that 26-year-old Indian national Vikram Jaryal was shot dead in Washington on Thursday. “I have received a report on the shootout incident resulting in the tragic death of Indian national Vikram Jaryal in Washington,” she said in a series of tweets. Jaryal arrived in the U.S. just 25 days ago and was working at a family friend’s gas station, she added.

“On April 6, two miscreants entered the shop at 1:30 am. They snatched cash from victim and shot his chest. This resulted in his death. We are coordinating with the investigative agencies. They have the CCTV footage and are in the process of apprehending the culprits.”

“Our consulate in San Francisco is helping the family and following this up with authorities,” She said in another tweet.

Jaryal, a Punjab native, has become the fifth Indian American or Indian national killed in the past two years at convenience stores across the United Sates. According to Yakima police, he was shot by two hooded assailants. Jaryal told police at the hospital before he died that the men who had attacked him entered the store wearing masks.

Data compiled by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statics, and analyzed by The American Bazaar, reveals there were 46 shooting deaths in convenience stores and gas stations across the country in 2015, making the job one of the nation’s most dangerous.

Last month, Harnish Patel, a convenience store owner was shot and killed outside his home in Lancaster, South Carolina. The Lancaster Police said although they have “developed and received leads from many sources,” no arrests have been made so far. Sanjay Patel, a gas station clerk in New Haven, Connecticut, was killed in April of 2015. He was shot three times in the chest and once in the hand, succumbing to his injuries at the hospital. According to witnesses in that incident, two masked men, dressed in dark clothing, were involved in the crime.

Rajesh Madala was murdered during another gas station robbery in Peoria, Illinois. The suspect was tracked down by police and killed during an exchange of gunfire.

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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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