US embassy officials attend prayer ceremony for Sikh victims
PTI - AMRITSAR
Published: 11th August 2012 10:27 AM
Last Updated: 04th February 2013 02:06 PM
Officials from the US Embassy
in Delhi today took part in a prayer ceremony held at the
Golden Temple here in the memory of the six Sikhs killed by an
alleged racist at a Wisconsin gurdwara on August 5.
Representative of US ambassador to India Nancy Powell,
First Secretary, Political, Chad A Thornberry and A Sukesh,
Advisor political affairs at the US Embassy attended the
ceremony on the invitation of Shriomani Gurdwara Pharbandhak
Addressing the gathering of Sikhs at Manji Sahib Diwan
Hall in the Golden Temple complex, Thornberry expressed
solidarity with the community and paid homage to the victims.
He also delivered the message of US Ambassador Nancy
Powell, who expressed sympathy with the victims.
SGPC President Avtar Singh Makkar said the security
should be further tightened across Sikh religious shrines in
the US so that there is no repeat of the Wisconsin gurdwara
Makkar said assurance in this context was given to him
by US envoy Nancy Powell during his recent visit to Delhi.
He informed that the SGPC would provide a financial
assistance to the families of those killed in the incident.
Six people were killed in an attack on a gurdwara
during prayers in Wisconsin by a one gunman who was also shot
dead on August 5.
At least 20 people were also injured when a shooter
opened fire indiscriminately.