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Body of murdered Sikh guru returns to India

The body of a Sikh guru who was shot dead at a Vienna temple was flown out of the Austrian capital on Wednesday to be repatriated to India, witnesses said.

The body of Sant SANT South African Native Trust  Rama Nand, 57, left Vienna aboard an Indian government plane which took off just before 2:00pm (1200 GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) See UTC.

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) under heavy police guard.

Nand and another guru Sant Niranjan Dass, 68, were visiting from India when they were shot on May 24, an attack which sparked riots in the Indian state of Punjab.

Dass, who was seriously injured in·jure  
tr.v. in·jured, in·jur·ing, in·jures
1. To cause physical harm to; hurt.

2. To cause damage to; impair.

 in the attack, was also aboard the plane heading back to India.

Nand is to receive a state funeral The perspective and/or examples in this article do not represent a world-wide view. Please [ edit] this page to improve its geographical balance.  in Punjab in the coming days, Indian media reported.

The state of health of his companion, who was hit by two bullets, was "very good", his doctor told Austrian news agency APA (All Points Addressable) Refers to an array (bitmapped screen, matrix, etc.) in which all bits or cells can be individually manipulated.

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The two holymen were attacked by a group as they gave a sermon at a temple of their religious movement in the Austrian capital.

A total of 16 people were injured in the attack.

Austrian police have arrested six suspects, one of whom is seriously injured and remains in a coma.

Invesigators "still have much work to do before they complete their inquiries", Austrian police spokesman Michael Takacs added.

A religious row between orthodox Sikh groups and the two gurus' movement -- Shri Guru Ravidas Sabha -- is believed to be behind the attack.

Orthodox groups have accused the movement of not following Sikh traditions closely enough.

Austrian police are also looking into reports that a Sikh independence movement, the Khalistan Zindabad Force The Khalistan Zindabad Force is a Sikh militant outfit comprised mainly of Jammu based Sikhs that advocates the creation of an independent Sikh majority state called Khalistan by achieving the independence of the Punjab state in India and adjoining Punjabi-speaking areas of , has claimed responsibility for the attack.
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Date:Jun 3, 2009
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