Several injured as Sikh groups clash outside Golden Temple

The incident happened when the SGPC task force tried to stop Master Johar Singh, president of Committee of Chhota Ghallughara Gurdwara at Qadian.

Published: 13th October 2017 08:44 AM  |   Last Updated: 13th October 2017 08:44 AM   |  A+A-

SGPC task force members and supporters of Master Johar Singh clash at the Golden Temple Complex in Amritsar on Thursday | PTI

Express News Service

CHANDIGARH: Several people were injured when rival Sikh groups brandishing swords clashed with the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC)  task force at the entrance plaza of the Golden Temple Complex in Amritsar on Thursday.  

The incident happened when the SGPC task force tried to stop Master Johar Singh, president of Committee of Chhota Ghallughara Gurdwara at Qadian in Gurdaspur, from entering the Golden Temple.
He had come to appear before the ‘parallel jathedars’, who had summoned him. They are called parallel jathedars as they are not recognized by the Akal Takht (a Sikh religious body). Only the five jathedars (high priests) appointed by the Takhat are recognized

The clash started after the supporters of jathedars started a verbal duel with the SGPC task force. The verbal duel turned into a clash when jathedars tried to enter golden temple complex and were stopped by the members of the task force. Soon, members of both sides took out swords. The police intervened to bring the situation under control.     

One of the ‘parallel jathedar’ Dhyan Singh Mand alleged that the whole episode was due to the inaction of the SGPC and it’s president Kirpal Singh Badungar. He also demanded that they be booked for attempt to murder.

However, the SGPC secretary Roop Singh demanded that a case be registered against the supporters of parallel jathedars as they started the fight in which two members of the task force and its additional secretary Vijay Singh were injured.     

Meanwhile, SGPC president Kirgh Badungar rejected both the Justice Ranjit Singh Commission set up by present the Congress government as well as the Zora Singh Commission set up by the previous Badal government to probe into sacrilege cases at Golden Temple.

Stay up to date on all the latest Nation news with The New Indian Express App. Download now

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.