Sikh pray for peace outside violence hit Queens area Sikh temple

May 2nd, 2011 - 1:18 pm ICT by ANI  

New York, May 2 (ANI): A group of worshipers held a prayer session outside a Sikh temple in New York’s Queens area to protest against last week’s violent attack that had left seven dead inside the temple.

According to The New York Post, roughly 60 Sikhs sat outside the Baba Makhan Shah Lobana Sikh Center in South Richmond Hill, chanting “God help us, we need peace” in Punjabi.

Gurmej Singh, who was elected president of the center in December, said his supporters were attacked with swords and cricket bats last week when they tried to go inside and pray.

“If peace is not happening inside, we’re making peace in the street,” Singh said.

Earlier reports had suggested that a power struggle marked by frequent confrontations, death threats and a lawsuit, had led to the most public and violent episode among worshipers at the temple.

Eight people were arrested on riot and assault charges. (ANI)

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