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Telugu community in US advised to converse in English in public

The Telangana American Telugu Association has asked the Indian-American community to avoid conversing in native languages in public places in the US.

This advisory has come up after the fatal shooting in Olathe, Kansas during which Srinivas Kuchibholta was killed and his friend Alok Madasani injured.

The association has put the advisory on their Facebook page, "Much as we love talking in our mother tongue, it can often be misconstrued. Please see if you can communicate in English in public places."

The organisation has further asked people not to get into any argument with locals in public places and especially at isolated places, and leave the place immediately without any confrontation.

"Isolated places can often be targets. Please avoid going or going single," it said.

Ian Grillot, a 24-year-old American was also severely injured in the incident. He had tried to tackle the accused – Adam Purinton, who was arrested 5 hours after the crime.

Meanwhile, the mortal remains of Srinivas were brought to his native place on February 27 and he was given a tearful farewell yesterday.

The accused Purinton had reportedly yelled ‘get out of my country’ before opening fire on Srinivas and his friend Alok. 

Deepti Kaul
Deepti Kaul – Senior Writer

Deepti Kaul has over a decade’s experience in journalism. She has worked with media giants like Hindustan Times, NDTV, India Today, IndiaTV and as a freelancer. She loves to write on Indians abroad, fashion, lifestyle,food, travel, showbiz, education, parenting while meeting people and experiencing different cultures.