NAPA condemns US gurdwara attack
North American Punjabi Association (NAPA) on Monday condemned the attack on a gurdwara in Wisconsin state of United States, in which a lone gunman opened fire during morning prayers on Sunday and killed seven devotees.punjab Updated: Aug 06, 2012 18:29 IST
North American Punjabi Association (NAPA) on Monday condemned the attack on a gurdwara in Wisconsin state of United States, in which a lone gunman opened fire during morning prayers on Sunday and killed seven devotees.
"This is very unfortunate and it is an act of discrimination for which law enforcement agencies shall be held responsible, who failed to punish those who killed several Sikh community members after 9/11 terrorist attacks on the USA," NAPA president Satnam Singh Chahal and chairman Dalwinder Singh Dhoot said in a press release issued here.
"The government of India has also failed to put pressure on America for the safety and security of the Sikhs residing there; we fail to understand why the Indian government is passive on this issue," said NAPA leaders.
NAPA also condemned the alleged tweets posted immediately after the attack by some hate-mongers of Westborough Baptist Church. The church leader Fred Phelps had tweeted, "God sent another shooter" and termed shooting as punishment for the bad treatment that his group had received in the past.
"These kinds of actions and tweets are against humanity and is shameful for the United States," said Dhoot.
"If the lives and belongings of the Sikhs are not saved, the community members, who have been architects of USA's development in the past, may plan to migrate back to their motherland, for which the both governments of the USA and India will be equally responsible," warned Chahal.
Meanwhile, admiring the courageous and timely action of a police officer who risked his life to protect the Sikhs in the shootout, Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) a US-based human rights advocacy group has announced $ 10, 000 reward for the officer.
First Published: Aug 06, 2012 18:27 IST