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KTR Seeks Justice for Jaahnavi Kandula

K. T. Rama Rao, Telangana’s Minister for NRI Affairs, has expressed profound worry and regret over the callous statements made by a US police officer on the death of an Andhra Pradesh student.

He has asked the US ambassador to India, Eric Garcetti, to intervene and seek justice for Jaahnavi Kandula’s family.

Jaahnavi Kandula, originally from Andhra Pradesh’s Kurnool area, died in January after being hit by a police vehicle driven by Seattle officer Kevin Dave. She was a Master’s student at the Seattle branch of Northeastern University.

Bodycam evidence of a Seattle police officer making improper comments and jokes about Jaahnavi’s death has surfaced, causing considerable outrage. The Indian government has demanded that the incident be thoroughly investigated.

Daniel Auderer, Vice President of the Seattle Police Officers’ Guild, can be heard making inappropriate statements regarding Jaahnavi’s death in a video released by the Seattle Police Department on September 11. “She is dead,” he said, laughing, and referred to Jaahnavi as “a regular person.” “Yeah, just write a check,” he continued. 11 thousand bucks.” The clip finishes with him remarking, “She was 26 anyway; she had limited value,” despite the fact that he misspoke about her age.

Minister K. T. Rama Rao has urged the US ambassador to address the problem with US government officials and has asked India’s External Affairs Minister, S. Jaishankar, to raise the issue with his US counterpart and seek an independent probe into the occurrence. He expressed his sorrow not just for Jaahnavi’s unfortunate death, but also for the fact that her life was undervalued and treated insensitively.

 

 

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