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    The murder of a Sikh Indian-American family in West Chester, Ohio on Sunday is still being investigated by local police.

    New Delhi (Sputnik): Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted that the shooting of three Indian-Americans and a visiting family member, which took place near Cincinnati, Ohio, wasn't a hate related crime.

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    Police have begun investigations and the Indian Consul General in New York is assisting law enforcement authorities in the investigations, she said.

    ​The clarification given by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj was made because just a few days ago, African-American war veteran Isaiah Peoples mowed down eight people of Indian origin in Sunnyvale, California, mistaking them for Muslims. Among the injured was a 13-year-old girl named Drishti, who went into a coma and had to get part of her skull removed to reduce intracranial pressure.

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    Media reports of the California attack cited Sunnyvale police chief Phan Ngo as saying that the driver of the car, Isaiah Peoples, "intentionally targeted the victims based on their race and his belief that they were of the Muslim faith".    




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