Chandigarh: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has written to Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, appraising him that India has taken up the issue of shooting in a US gurdwara with Washington.

"The Prime Minister has informed the Chief Minister that Government of India is engaging the US administration on the issue," an official spokesperson said today.

In the letter received yesterday, the Prime Minister informed Badal that the Centre had acted upon the issues raised by the Punjab Chief Minister in his letter, he said.

"This senseless act of violence in a place of worship has no place in any society and has rightly drawn condemnation from India, the US and around the world," the spokesperson said quoting Prime Minister's letter.

In his letter, Singh also informed that President Barack Obama called him on August 8 to express shock and sorrow over the incident, and appreciated the role played by Sikh community in the development of United States.

PM's letter came in response to a written communication sent by the Punjab Chief Minister on August 6, in which he pressed for more measures by the US administration for the safety of Sikh community.

In his letter, Badal had also requested Manmohan to ask the US administration to ensure a full and prompt inquiry into the August 5 incident, in which six worshippers were killed.


(Agencies)

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