Oak Creek Gurudwara Reopens


US gurdwara reopens, leaves a bullet hole intact as reminder

New York/Washington:

Six days after a deadly shooting struck an Oak Creek gurdwara, the shrine on Friday opened its gates again to the public, with over 100 community members returning to clean it ahead of the funeral for the victims.

      The members of the shrine said that a lone bullet hole in a metal door frame at the gurdwara will remain there as a poignant reminder of the tragedy.

        The gurdwara in Oak Creek in Wisconsin — where a ‘neo-nazi’ ex-army veteran, Wade Michael Page, went on a shooting spree killing six Sikhs on Sunday before dying of a self-inflicted gun shot wound — “is now open for the public”, Jagajit Singh Sandhu, a member of the temple committee, said. A lone bullet hole remained in a metal door frame, which members say won’t be repaired.

      The doorway leads to main prayer area, where the only female victim — 41-year-old Paramjit Kaur — was killed. PTI

     BLEEDING HEARTS: Family and friends gather at Oak Creek High School on Friday to mourn the victims of the gurdwara massacre

NRI: Five Young Andhrites Die in Car Crash In Oklahoma


Oklahoma Accident Aug-10-2012

TANA shocked with the death of five Telugu youth in Oklahoma

Oklahoma Accident Jaswanth Reddy Subbayyagari Phanindra Gade Srinivas Ravikanti Anuraag Anthati Venkat Rao Maddala
Five Indian youth were killed during a deadly accident at the junction of I-35 and I-40 in Oklahoma City. Around 1 a.m. on August 10th, 2012.  Police say the car was driving eastbound on Interstate 40, exiting to the I-35 onramp when it hit a big rig. The car slid underneath the truck, went down an embankment and burst into flames. All five people in the car were ejected and killed at the scene. Police say none of them were wearing seatbelts. The case is still under invistigation.

According to their friends; Jaswanth Reddy Subbayyagari, Phanindra Gade, Anurag Anthati, Srinivas Ravikanti and Venkata Rao Maddala were the people killed in the accident. Currently the bodies have not been officially identified. Among the five software professionals, only Venkat Maddala is married.

TANA President, Prasad Thotakura, EVP, Mohan Nannapaneni, Foundation Trustee, Srinivas Jarugula, TEAM Square committee chair Anjaiah Chowdary Lavu are closely working with the families and friends of deceased. TEAM Square volunteers Srikanth Rava, Rajasekhar Bheemireddy and Ravi Mallapuram are helping TANA TEAM Square in making arrangements to send the deceased to India.

Prasad Thotakura spoke with the Oklahoma City’s medical examiner, funeral home in Dallas, and the Consul General of India (Houston) and is making all the arrangements to send the bodies to India from Dallas, Texas as soon as possible. TANA expresses deep condolences to the families and friends of these young people.

TANA TEAM Square is not seeking donations at present, however there may be a need for financial assistance as all these individuals have recently graduated and employed.

If you would like to make a contribution, please visit:  ww.tana.org/donate ( Choose TEAM Square for your donation)

TANA is planning to arrange a viewing in Dallas, Texas, before transporting the bodies to India. We will have more information on the release of bodies by the medical examiner. Currently we are putting the necessary information together and working closely with all parties associated.
Please visit 
www.tana.org for updated information.

A car went under a tractor-trailer and caught fire early Friday at Interstate 35 and Interstate 40 near downtown Oklahoma City. 

By BRYAN DEAN and ROBERT MEDLEY | Published: August 10, 2012

Six people were killed Friday in two separate accidents near the Interstate 35 and Interstate 40 interchange in Oklahoma City, including five in an early-morning crash.

The five-fatality crash occurred about 1 a.m. when a car and a tractor-trailer rig collided in the southbound lanes of I-35 just south of I-40.

      Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers said the car was southbound on I-35 when it left the road, then returned and went under the truck, shearing the roof off the car.

      The car then spun onto the westbound lanes of I-40 as it caught fire, said Capt. Chris West, patrol spokesman. He said all five people in the car were killed. All five were thrown out of the vehicle. The truck driver was not injured.

        The crash forced the closure of the eastbound and westbound on-ramps from I-40 to southbound I-35 for much of the morning.

     Four of the five victims were foreign nationals from India, West said.

We are not confirming their names at this time until we have talked to family members. It is our policy to not release names until patrolmen have notified family members but it’s difficult getting hold of them …” because they are in another country, West said.

Southbound motorists on Interstate 235 also were forced to exit at NW 6 while workers cleaned up the wreckage.

Car crash in US kills 5 techies from Hyderabad

       Washington: Five Indian software professionals, all from Hyderabad, died when their car hit a tractor-trailer and burst into flames in the US city of Oklahoma on Friday, the police said.

     The accident happened when the car, a Chevrolet Camaro, hit the tractortrailer, the Oklahoma highway patrol spokesman Capt Chris West said. Police said the car going eastbound on Interstate 40 was exiting to the I-35 on ramp when it hit a big rig on the ramp.

      The car slid underneath the semi, went down an embankment and burst into flames. All five people in the car were ejected and killed at the scene.

     The five have been identified as Jaswanth Reddy Subbayyagari, Phanindra Gade, Anurag Anthati, Srinivas Ravi and Venkat, the Telugu Association of North America (TANA) said quoting friend of those who died in the accident.

     All of them were software professionals working in US.

     Among these people, only Venkat was married.

       The truck driver was not hurt. Police said none of them were wearing seatbelts. TANA president, Prasad Thotakura, said the organization with working with the police and local community to inform the families of the deceased, and making necessary arrangements to send the bodies to India. PTI