Of the six Sikhs killed in the Wisconsin gurdwara shooting on Sunday, two were brothers from New Delhi who had gone there as Jathedars (religious workers) to perform daily kirtan (prayer meetings). Two other Jathedars, also hailing from Delhi, were seriously injured in the incident. They are currently battling for survival in a Wisconsin hospital.
Meanwhile, the families of the victims have demanded aid from the Indian government.
Ranjit Singh, 46,
A day before the incident, Singh had called his wife, 44-year-old Lokinder Kaur, and informed her that he may come home for Diwali after obtaining an American green card. Even as news channels flashed videos of the shooting late on Sunday night, Kaur remained unaware of the tragic fate of her husband, who had been away from home since 1995. "We got to know about his death at 1.30 am, when a relative called," said Avtar Singh, Singh's brother-in-law.
Seeta Singh, 42,
Singh kept touring the world as a Jathedar to perform kirtans at gurdwaras abroad. "He went to US for the first time in 1992, and has been visiting the country ever since," said Gurubachan Singh, Singh's brother-in-law, also a Raagi at a local gurdwara.
It was the first time Singh was visiting the gurdwara in Wisconsin. Singh had called up his family an hour before his death.
Santokh Singh, 47, a resident of Vishnu Garden in West Delhi, was a green card holder. After suffering critical injuries in the incident, Singh was admitted to a hospital there. Singh had left for the US on July 30, his son Daman said.
Punjab Singh, 67, a resident of Nihal Vihar, was shot in the face, neck and chest. "I spoke to the doctors. They have told me he's started responding," said his son, Raghuvendera.