Having gone to India to release the ashes of Satwant Singh Kaleka, the family of the Oak Creek, Wisconsin shooting victim was honored in Amritsar, India, by Sikh officials from the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee, ( “SGPC“, the central Sikh organization in India):
Kaleka’s family was honoured for his exemplary courage shown during shoot out incident at Oak Kreek Gurdwara in US on August 5th 2012 where a White supremacist Wade Michael Page who had opened fire in Gurdwara killing 6 persons including Kaleka and injuring several others. Kaleka had tried to stab the attacker with a knife to protect others. SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar gave gold medal and bestowed siropas [robes of honor] upon Kaleka’s family members.
Such recognition is considered of the highest Sikh honor. The SGPC also has plans to recognize Oak Creek Police Lieutenant Brian Murphy in the future.
Read more at the Times of India.