Nirupama Rao 'struck by the composure' of victims' families
Indian Ambassador to the US, Nirupama Rao was briefed by the FBI and local police about the investigation into the Gurdwara shooting incident as she visited Milwaukee to offer support to the victims and their families.
Washington: Indian Ambassador to the US, Nirupama Rao was briefed by the FBI and local police about the investigation into the Gurdwara shooting incident as she visited Milwaukee to offer support to the victims and their families.
As expressions of support poured in from across the nation, with people holding peace rallies and candle light vigils in dozens of cities, Rao flew in from Washington to the tragedy struck city in Wisconsin.
The Indian Ambassador also met the Oak Creek Mayor, Steve Scaffidi, besides officials from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the local police who provided her a first had assessment of the ongoing investigation.
They briefed the Indian Ambassador on how the incident happened and the steps that are now being taken by the police and local administration for the protection of the Sikh community as well as the status of the investigation.
Later in the evening she attended a community vigil held in honour of the shooting victims where she briefly addressed those attending the meet to honour those killed in the shooting incident.
She met the victims' families in Oak Creek including relatives of Satwant Singh Kaleka, the slain president of the Gurdwara, who confronted the shooter and helped save the lives of several worshippers.
In her meetings with the victims' families, Rao expressed her condolences and sympathies and offered all kinds of assistance on behalf of the Indian government.
"Struck by calm & composure of victim families. No trace of rancour. But their tears would fill an ocean, make it overflow," Rao tweeted after her meeting.
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Inter-faith groups have condemned the Wisconsin Gurudwara shooting incident, describing it as a "senseless" act of violence on religious freedom and urging the Obama administration to take steps to ensure prevention of hate crimes.
The gunman who killed six worshippers at a Sikh temple played in white supremacist heavy metal bands and posted frequent comments on Internet forums for skinheads.