Wellington, June 16 : Sikhs in south Auckland are not planning to lodge a formal complaint against New Zealand Police after the cops kept an ambulance from attending Navtej Singh for nearly 40 minutes, who was killed by robbers.
The Sikhs are also upset that National's Manukau East candidate, Kanwaljit Bakshi, has taken a prominent role in the community since, and earlier today he said that the Sikh community was going to take a complaint to the Police Complaints Independent Authority.
In a statement to Fairfax Media, Sikh Council of New Zealand secretary Verpal Singh said they did not advocate a confrontational approach to solving the issue.
Last week Navtej Singh was wounded in a robbery of his Manurewa shop.
Verpal Singh expressed disappointment at Bakshi's statement, saying he was stoking "the fires of confrontation".
"This statement is not based on correct understanding of what was discussed on Sunday at the meeting that took place after final prayers for Navtej Singh had been said," Verpal Singh said.
Sunday's meeting was a step in removing any gaps in communication between the community, the police and the government, stuff.co.nz reported.
"In this endeavour another meeting is being held with police this Thursday," he said.
"Our considered view is that the society needs to look inwards and identify the causes of this kind of behaviour and come up with projects/initiatives that address these causes," Verpal Singh said.
Sikhs wanted the proper processes to happen unhindered before "forming judgements about who (or what) may or may not be to blame for the tragic death of Navtej Singh.
The Sikh council is a charitable organisation, which has no political affiliations and is avoiding making any statements that may be perceived as endorsing one or the other political party.