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British Sikhs shocked at Indian's death

Tajinder Singh Gill had drowned in Ullswater Lake during an outing with two other Indian Sikhs at the tourist site.

india Updated: Sep 28, 2006 13:18 IST
Indo-Asian News Service
Indo-Asian News Service

The Sikh community in Birmingham is in a state of shock over the drowning death of a young man from the community in a lake on Saturday.

Tajinder Singh Gill, 21, had drowned in Ullswater Lake during an outing with two other Indian Sikhs at the tourist site.

According to Gurdayal Singh Dhaliwal, general secretary of the Guru Nanak Gurdwara Sikh Temple in Blakenhall, said: "The Sikh community across the Midlands is in a state of deep shock over the tragedy. Tajinder was a devout Sikh who prayed at this temple every day, sometimes twice in a day. He was very popular. He was over six-feet-tall and a handsome young man."

Tajinder, his cousin Satvir Singh, 17, and 15-year-old Harvinder Singh Bisran, were playing on the edge of the lake when the shallow water gave way sucking them in. The three were part of a 20-strong group that had arrived at a local youth hostel a few hours before the tragedy took place.

He had registered himself at the University of Central England (UCE) in Birmingham as a part-time overseas student on the MSc Computing for Business Management course, according to the Birmingham Mail.

"Students and staff at the UCE Business School are shocked and saddened by the news of his death and our thoughts are with his family at this sad time," a spokesman told the newspaper.

The body of Tajinder will be flown to India for cremation. The funeral services of the other two teenagers will be held in Birmingham.

"We have set up an online forum for members of the Sikh community to express their condolences and messages of sympathy. Our hearts go out to everyone involved in this dreadful tragedy," said Tarsem Singh from Handsworth.

First Published: Sep 28, 2006 13:18 IST