January 9, 2013 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Amritsar, Punjab (January 01, 2013): As per media reports Giani Gurbachan Singh, Jathedar of Akal Takhat Sahib, along with SGPC President S. Avtar Singh Makkar honored the family of S. Satwant Singh Kaleka, who along with five other Sikhs was shot on August 5, 2012 at Wisconsin’s Oak Creek based Gurdwara Sahib by a white supremacist named Wade Michael Page.
As per Sikh24.Com news report: “The honor was bestowed at Gurdwara Manji Sahib to Bibi Satpal Kaur, wife of S. Satwant Kaleka and his sons – Pardeep Singh and Amardeep Singh. Bibi Satpal Kaur was given a gold medal, while other family members received siropas from the Jathedar”.
“Giani Gurbachan Singh stated that Kaleka gave his life while attempting to save others. He used the word ‘Shaheed’ (martyr) to address S. Satwant Singh Kaleka. Makkar too glorified the sacrifice of Sardar Kalera” the report reads further.
S. Avtar Singh Makkar stated that the SGPC had decided to also honour Lt. Brian Murphy, and he would be honored at a special program in Wisconsin by Giani Gurbachan Singh. The program at Manji Sahib was organized specially to honour the Wisonsin victims, and Giani Balwant Singh Nandgarh (Damdama Sahib), Giani Mal Singh (Harmandir Sahib), Giani Jagtar Singh (Ludhiana) and Baba Harnaam Singh Dhumma were also present.
It is notable that on August 5, 2012, a mass shooting took place at Oak Creek (Wisconsin) Gurdwara Sahib, claiming lives of six Sikhs. The gunman was identified as a white supremacist & neo Nazi Wade Michael Page. The incident was reportedly identified by authorities as an act of “domestic terror” in United States of America (USA).
Page reportedly belonged to a hate group – “End Apathy” and likely shot the Sikhs due to hatred and racism. Wade also shot at responding police officers, seriously injuring Lt. Brian Murphy. After being shot in the stomach by another officer, Page fatally shot himself in the head.
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