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AAPI Condemns Most Deadly Attack on Sikhs
by AAPI on 2012-08-11
by AAPI on 2012-08-11
Chicago, IL: “We stand in solidarity with the Sikh community and condemn this most deadly attack on Sikhs in the United States,” Dr. Narendra Kumar, president of American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI), said today. “We share our deepest condolences with the families of the victims, local residents and other members of the community impacted by the horrific shooting,” he added.
Dr. Kumar was responding to the indiscriminate firing by a gunman at the innocent worshippers in the Sikh Gurudwara in Oak Creek, Wisconsin on August 5, 2012. The attack claimed the lives of six Sikhs and has left three others in critical condition, including one police officer. He urged the Government of Wisconsin and the FBI to bring to justice all who are connected with this terrorist crime. “We offer our condolences and sympathies to the families of the people who died in the attack and pray for the recovery of those who were injured in the attack,” he said.
Dr. Jayesh Shah, President-Elect of AAPI, expressed sadness and anguish that the attack occurred at a place of worship that is holy to the Sikh community and urged the law enforcement officials to be vigilant and prevent future attacks. “The violence at the Sikh Gurdwara in Oak Creek is absolutely deplorable and it has no place in a civilized society such as ours,” he said. The Federal Bureau of Investigation has launched a probe into the massacre of six people inside a Gurudwara in Wisconsin, described as the deadliest attack against the Sikh community in the US, as authorities termed the shooting spree of Wade Michael Page, the lone White gunman, as “domestic terrorism.”
Kusum Punjabi, YPS President, said, “The Sikh American community has been a loyal and hardworking group of immigrants, who have contributed much to the country that they have adopted. They deserve the same opportunity and freedom as everyone else in this great nation.” Sikhism is a religion originating from India which was introduced into the United States during the 19th century. Sikhs contribute to the American economy, military, and society through their hard work, entrepreneurism, and generous charity. In 2007, there were estimated to be more than 250,000 Sikhs living in the United States, with largest populations living on the East and West Coasts with additional populations in Detroit, Texas, and Chicago.
Dr. Kumar said, AAPI is in touch with the White House and federal law enforcement agencies, as well as with Sikh organizations and community groups within and outside the South Asian community. AAPI is a forum to facilitate and enable over 65,000 Indian American Physicians and 25,000 Fellows to excel in patient care, teaching and research and to pursue their aspirations in professional and community affairs. Founded with the objective to promote professional solidarity in the pursuit of excellence in patient care, teaching and research, AAPI brings American medicine the distinctive contributions from India, and advance the American creed of one nation under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all.
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