Sant's remains to be brought to India


Niranjan Dass had received bullet wounds in the abdomen and hip and was immediately operated upon. He is recovering in a hospital. He met Austrian and Indian embassy officials last Tuesday.

“There are many things that still have to be discussed before we reveal the exact date of departure of Niranjan Dass from Vienna next week. He will carry the remains of Guru Rama Nand Dass with him,” said Austrian police spokesman Michael Takacs.

Photographs of Niranjan Dass recovering in the hospital were released on May 26 when deputy chief of the Indian mission Achal Malhotra appeared on Austrian television to say he had met and talked to the sect leader.

Takacs said Niranjan Dass’ date of departure would be scheduled after consultations with doctors attending on him.

Takacs added one of the wounded persons, suspected to have led the attack on the two sect leaders, was shot in the head and remained in a coma at a Vienna hospital.

The police said the five other attackers were of Indian origin and were asylum seekers in Austria. Police authorities said investigations would continue in an effort to find out the exact reason for the violence. India has requested Austria for a detailed report on the incident.

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