Six jailed for Sikh temple attack

Six men were jailed today for an attack on a Sikh temple in Vienna which killed a religious leader.

Worshippers used a frying pan and microphone stands to fend off the men wielding knives and a handgun.

The attack in May last year, which also wounded another Sikh cleric, triggered riots in several cities in northern India.

A Vienna court sentenced the 35-year-old main defendant to life for murder and attempted murder and imposed sentences of between 17 and 18 years to four others. A sixth man was sentenced to six months.

The main suspect, who was not identified, had claimed that he could not remember the incident.

However, his DNA was found on the gun used as the murder weapon.

The prosecution had argued that the defendants were fundamentalist Sikhs who accused the preachers – both of whom were visiting from India – of being disrespectful of a “Holy Book.”

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