6 injured as Sikh groups clash inside Golden Temple

Reports said that members of SGPC and a Sikh radical group clashes inside the temple premises.

By: Press Trust of India Written by Navjeevan Gopal | Amritsar | Updated: June 7, 2014 3:28 am
Express photo by Rana Simranjit Singh Sikh groups clashed inside Golden Temple on Friday. (Source: Express photo by Rana Simranjit Singh)

Clashes broke out between Sikh groups at the highest temporal seat of the community inside the Golden Temple complex on Friday, even as Amritsar observed a bandh to mark the 30th anniversary of Operation Bluestar. Video footage showed people brandishing swords, spears and sticks and clashing and chasing each other outside the Akal Takht building. At least six people, including a police head constable, were injured, Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (Special) Harjit Singh Brar said.

The violence broke out after a function organised by Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) to honour families of those killed in Operation Bluestar had ended, and Akal Takht chief Giani Gurbachan Singh had delivered his address.

Trouble began when Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) chief Simranjit Singh Mann sought to address the gathering from the rostrum of Akal Takht, but was denied by SGPC officials. However, Mann managed to deliver his speech near the Akal Takht before leaving.

After this, a group of radicals was seen brandishing swords and shouting pro-Khalistani slogans. They also raised anti-SGPC slogans and demanded that the Akal Takht Jathedar step down.

An argument followed, and the radicals caught hold of an SGPC man and thrashed him.  The radicals then barged into the Akal Takht building. A violent clash between them and the SGPC task force ensued, with both groups attacking each other with swords and sticks. The radicals were chased out of the building, but members of both groups continued chasing and attacking each other outside the Akal Takht, spreading panic in the Golden Temple complex.

The Akal Takht chief later called the violence a handiwork of “agencies”.

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  1. A
    Jun 7, 2014 at 11:09 am
  2. A
    Jun 7, 2014 at 10:42 am
    dirty tricks by anti india khalistanis
  3. A
    Jun 6, 2014 at 12:37 pm
    Haha... bloody monkeys... they will never learn. no wonder operation blue star was needed to finish them off. one more is in the offing i think.
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    Avinash Chandra
    Jun 6, 2014 at 5:51 am
    Bhindranwale was the creation of Mrs.IG and he consumed her finally. Now NextGen of IG is again stoking fire. 1984 entering Golden Temple and subsequent m macre of innocent Sikhs was the most shaeful act by IG and RG.
  5. B
    Jun 7, 2014 at 1:21 pm
    You have to blame ourselves not stan. We took our guru our faith for granted. That is what we are good at. We have forgotten the path of sprituality. Being religious will only divide mankind.
  6. B
    Oct 21, 2014 at 10:08 am
    o talk to me
  7. c
    Jun 6, 2014 at 10:06 pm
  8. I
    Jun 6, 2014 at 7:44 am
    Put the radicals and Khalistanis in jail. The khalistanis are responsible for the death of 20,000 Hindus and 2500 Sikhs. Under Bhindranwale's watch, killing, maiming and raping happened inside Golden temple. How holy is that ?
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