24 Aug 2012

Attack on Sikh Shrine in USA

A gunman shot and killed six people and injured three others in a Gurudwara at Oak Creek, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States at 10.15 AM (local time) on 5 August 2012. The dead included four Indian and two American citizens. The gunman was later killed reportedly through a combination of police firing and self inflicted wounds. 
The Indian Government conveyed its concerns to the U.S. Government about the shooting and the general security of the Indian community in the United States through the diplomatic channels immediately after the incident. Further, the External Affairs Minister Shri S. M. Krishna spoke on telephone to US Secretary of
State Hillary Clinton on 6 August 2012 to convey the country’s shock at this tragic incident, and to request the US Government to take all steps to ensure the security of the Indian community in the United States and their places of worship. Prime Minister also conveyed the same to US President Obama, when latter called him on 8 August 2012. 
President Obama, in his public statement, expressed sorrow over the incident, conveyed his condolence for the victims, highlighted the rich contribution of the Sikh community to the United States and assured all support for the investigations into the shooting. He assured Prime Minister that the U.S. is determined to make sure that it does not happen again. Further, President Obama issued a proclamation ordering the US flag to be flown at half-staff from 6 August until sunset, 10 August 2012, as a mark of respect for the victims of the Gurudwara attack. The U.S. Attorney General visited Oak Creek and met the families of the victims. The Federal Bureau of Investigation has also joined the investigation into the incident. 
The Minister of State in the Ministry Of External Affairs Smt. Preneet Kaur provided this information in reply to a question in Lok Sabha today. 

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