India demands probe after US cop mocks Jaahnavi Kandula death

India has ordered an independent probe into the killing of an Indian-origin student, Jaahnavi Kandula, who was hit and killed by a police vehicle in Seattle, Washington, in January of this year. This follows claims of a viral video showing a police officer joking and laughing about the incident.

The Consulate General of India in San Francisco on Wednesday said that the “recent reports including in media of the handling Jaahnavi Kandula’s death are deeply troubling”.

“We have taken up the matter strongly with local authorities in Seattle & Washington State as well as senior officials in Washington DC .. for a thorough investigation & action against those involved in this tragic case. The Consulate & Embassy will continue to closely follow up on this matter with all concerned authorities,” the Indian Consulate wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter.

For unversed, On January 23, a 23-year-old graduate student was killed after she was hit by a patrol car driven by Seattle police officer Kevin Dave. According to sources, Dave was traveling at 74 mph (119 kmph) when the student was thrown more than 100 feet (30 meters).
On Monday, the Seattle Police Department published footage from accused officer Daniel Auderer’s body camera, sparking widespread outrage. In the video, Auderer, the vice president of the Seattle Police Officers Guild, can be heard discussing the accident with the guild’s president, Mike Solan.

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