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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    AB
    Jun 7, 2014 at 11:09 am
    MODIJI KARDO DANDA INBHOSDIVALO KI USME
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      AB
      Jun 7, 2014 at 10:42 am
      dirty tricks by anti india khalistanis
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        Amit
        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.
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            Baldev
            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.
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              bob
              Oct 21, 2014 at 10:08 am
              o talk to me
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                ctv230
                Jun 6, 2014 at 10:06 pm
                XDDDDDDD ... INDIANS
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                  Indyadhanush
                  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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                    JEX
                    Jun 6, 2014 at 5:58 pm
                    So, what did either faction gain by bishing naked swords inside their most sacred shrine? I think there is very little place for swords in any civilized society. Does Sikh society settle disputes in this manner? A very bad precedent.
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                      Joseph R Stephen
                      Jun 6, 2014 at 4:15 pm
                      Is this a temple or Butcher shop !!!.Police should stamp out this gun and knife culture from temples.Place of worship should be treated with great love and respect.
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                        Singh Soorme
                        Jun 6, 2014 at 11:20 pm
                        "The Battle of Amritsar" (Operation Bluestar) by Kulpreet Singh --------LET THEM COME-------- So what if they fire bullets and throw bombs at our buildings? So what if they close our shops and surround our homes with legions? So what if they bring troops and tanks into our temples? Fear becomes foreign when you've conquered inner demons. Let them come. So what if they are prepared with persuasive propaa? So what if they defame our defense of the truth, with lies? So what if they arrest us all and brutalize our bodies? Our resolve is indestructible. Our spirit is alive. Let them come. We are the ones that chanted hymns, while cut limb by limb. We are the ones that sang psalms, while sawn in to two. We are the ones that fought 125,000 to one. Every generation and genocide: the more they cut us, the more we grew. Let them come. We are the ones who saw One in all and gave water to their wounded. We are the ones who battled and were beheaded to protect their rights. One day if their conscience awakens, they too will join us. When they are oppressed, we will save them. When they oppress, we will fight. Let them come.
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                          piyu2cool
                          Jun 6, 2014 at 3:05 pm
                          It is a shame that these separatists are bent upon violence and are using a religious place for their dirty politics. Check their bank accounts all the money for Khalistan movement comes from stan. Arrest and deport them to Antarctica. There will be no more parions of India. This time, India will not just watch and tolerate crimes against humanity.
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                            Sikh
                            Jun 16, 2014 at 12:18 pm
                            very nice post
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                              M Patel
                              Jun 6, 2014 at 10:01 pm
                              Honoring Bhindranwale & followers is by definition a radical act. Therefore, SGPC should also be labelled as Radical. SGPC might be less radical then Mann & Co; Nevertheless it is radical. Why is media not telling what Mann said in his speech ?
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                                Amandeep Singh
                                Jun 6, 2014 at 1:05 pm
                                Politicis over religion.
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                                  Paddy Singh
                                  Jun 6, 2014 at 8:15 am
                                  Bhindrawale must be chuckling wherever he is, at these village buffoons behaving like hooligans at their holiest of holy sites.
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                                    paul
                                    Jun 6, 2014 at 1:28 pm
                                    Sorry to say, the one and the most COMMUNAL,CRIMINAL, TERRORISTSCHEATS, LIARS, FRAUDS,CORRUPT DOABIAN LOW CL,responsibleevil goers,in appearance smartly dressed BLUE CHOLLA/ BLUE TURBANEDNUMBER ONE GURU GOLAK THIEVES.Here in USA, mostly low cl JALANDHAR ZONE origin,merely truck/taxidrivers or selling poison/ beef/tobacco products changed their last namesto high brahmins/priest/ Malwa belt JAGIRDARS/ JAT sandhu,sidhugrewal,sood,kashyap,chadda,rai,forgotten their originality,mother landTRAITORS NUMBER ONE, so are 3 dozens publishers of punjabi' weeklies& the TWO-THREE MOST HATERED, JUS TV ANCHOR HARVINDER RIARCLEAN SHAVEN, THE OTHER GLOBAL PUNJAB, a truck driver,turnedGLOBAL TV owner BHANDAL,the third one ATTORNEY GURUPATWANTS PANNUA OF NEW YORK, sprinkled / sprinkling KEROSENE/PATROLclean shaven criminal minded
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                                      True_Indian
                                      Jun 6, 2014 at 12:32 pm
                                      If they fight like this within a religious place, then how would non-sikhs have faith in their statements about peace, non-violence, pro-India and other stuff. In general people from Punjab ans Haryana are hard working and pro-Indian citizens. Religious fanatics like the ones mentioned in this article are the ones which bring bad name to the entire religion
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                                        rajat
                                        Jun 6, 2014 at 1:12 pm
                                        They themselves are bunch of hooligans....Foiling their own culture.... Nd then blame others of foul play.... Lol Kudos... Go on :D
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                                          Ravipal Singh
                                          Jun 6, 2014 at 7:37 pm
                                          Education. Lots of education needed. People who fail at everything else become the heads of religious consutions.
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                                            Sam
                                            Jun 6, 2014 at 12:14 pm
                                            Funny funny... These made the point .. Haha
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