Gurdwara shooting: US officials join prayers at Golden Temple

August 10th, 2012 - 10:39 pm ICT by IANS  

Barack Obama Amritsar, Aug 10 (IANS) Officials of the US embassy in India Friday attended the prayer service at the Golden Temple here, the holiest of Sikh shrines, for six people killed at the Oak Creek gurdwara at Milwaukee, US, last week.

The prayer service was organised at the Manji Sahib Diwan hall in the Golden Temple complex by the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) for the victims.

According to SGPC officials, US embassy First Secretary Chad Thornberry led the two-member team for the ceremony. He also read a message from US ambassador Nancy Powell on the occasion.

The team later offered prayers at Harmandar Sahib, the sanctum sanctorum.

Sikh organisation Dal Khalsa had written to the US ambassador seeking a solution to hate crimes against Sikhs in the US.

Dal Khalsa spokesman Kanwarpal Singh said that the response of the US authorities to the gurdwara shoot-out, especially President Barack Obama ordering the US flag to be flown at half-mast, was a positive one.

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