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Gurdwara massacre and 2 unsolved Sikh's murder in US connected:California detective

ANI  Washington, August 18, 2012
First Published: 18:01 IST(18/8/2012) | Last Updated: 18:04 IST(18/8/2012)

In the wake of the tragic shooting at a Sikh temple in the US earlier this month, a California detective has raised the possibility that an unsolved murder case of two sikh men there last year may be linked to the Oak Creek massacre in Wisconsin.


Detective Kevin Papineau has been investigating the shootings of two Sikh men on March 4, 2011, in which Surinder Singh and Gurmej Atwal, who were on a routine stroll around their neighborhood, were suddenly gunned down, following which Singh died at the scene, while Atwal managed to hang on for six weeks in a local hospital before passing away.

"Given the fact they're sikh, there's the possibility that both the events have some connection. I've been in contact with FBI agents to rule in or rule out any possible connection. They're looking into it and we haven't made any progress in drawing any conclusion till now," Papineau told ABC News.

After white supremacist gunman Wade Michael Page killed six Sikhs in the Oak Creek temple on August 5, Papineau decided to alert the FBI about the possibility that the two incidents might be connected, the report said.

"It's unsolved. It's active, although the leads and tips to follow upon are kind of starting to run out. We're kind of stumped by it," he added.

However, authorities in Oak Creek do not believe that there is any connection between the two incidents.

"From what I know of the situation I find it very unlikely. They may be trying to connect it, but I don't think there's anything there," a police official said.

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