Punjab to pay for transporting bodies of gurdwara victims
The Punjab government today said that it would bear the entire expenditure of transporting the bodies of gurdwara shooting victims.chandigarh Updated: Aug 07, 2012 19:56 IST
The Punjab government on Tuesday said that it would bear the entire expenditure of transporting the bodies of gurdwara shooting victims.
Chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, who himself headed for Wisconsin for the wedding function of cabinet colleague Surjit Singh Rakhra's niece, said the Punjab government would bear the cost of transporting the bodies to India for the last rites as a mark of respect.
A lone gunman, Wade Michael Page, described as a white supremacist, Sunday morning opened fire at devotees in the gurdwara in the Milwaukee suburb of Oak Creek, spreading terror in the area and leaving the community stunned. He killed six people before he was shot dead.
According to a spokesperson Badal contacted Indian ambassador Nirupama Rao Monday night to tell her that the state government would extend all possible help to the bereaved families of the victims of the incident.
"The chief minister sought cooperation from the Indian embassy in the US to facilitate the smooth transportation of the bodies by keeping close liaison with the concerned agencies in the US government," the spokesperson said.
On Monday, Badal had visited the residence of two brothers, Sita Singh and Ranjit Singh, of New Delhi's Tilak Nagar who were killed in the shootout.
He has also announced an ex-gratia grant of Rs.100,000 each for the next of kin of the Sikh victims killed in the incident.
The six killed were Satwant Singh Kaleka, 65 Sita Singh, 41 Ranjit Singh, 49 Prakash Singh, 39, and Suveg Singh, 84 and one woman, 41-year-old Paramjit Kaur.