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Uday Singh injured in attack at UK gurdwara

Posted: August 13, 2013 4:36 am | Updated: April 9, 2014 10:39 am

Press Trust of India

London,August 12

Namdhari sect head Thakur Uday Singh was

injured in an attack by a

Sikh man after morning prayers at a gurdwara in Britain’s Leicester city,police said today.

The attacker was arrested after the incident yesterday and is currently in custody,Leicestershire Police said.

“Officers attended the scene where Sri Satguru Uday Singh Ji,the spiritual head of the Namdhari community worldwide,was found to have been assaulted,” a Leicestershire Police statement said. “A 26-year-old man was arrested at the scene and remains in police custody. At this time police believe it was an isolated incident,which was carried out by a single perpetrator.”

In Delhi,president of Namdhari Darbar H S Hanspal identified the attacker as Harjeet Singh.

“Guruji is recovering fast and was discharged from hospital yesterday,” said Ranjit Singh,general secretary of Namdhari Gurdwara on Linden Street in Leicester. “The facial injuries are not that serious but he has fractured his right wrist.”

According to reports,the attacker was caught by members of the congregation present for the prayers. The man,wrapped in a blanket,moved towards Thakur Uday Singh with a ‘gandasa’,a traditional Punjabi farming tool,and aimed for his head. The sect leader deflected the attack but suffered injuries in the face and arm. He was taken to the Royal Infirmary in Leicester and discharged following stitches on his nose and treatment of his broken wrist.

Thakur Uday Singh took over as Namdhari sect leader in December after the death of Satguru Jagjit Singh.

His selection triggered controversy within the sect. He had travelled to the UK from India to convene a Namdhari Darbar.

A Day after Namdhari sect head Thakur Uday Singh was injured in an attack by a Sikh man after morning prayers at a gurdwara in Britain’s Leicester city,he was back to work on Monday.

While Singh went to Birmingham on Monday to participate in religious programmes — he will be back on August 19 — the Namdhari Darbar,in a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh,has stated that Singh has received threats from India as well and hence,the matter should be investigated. Its other demands included diplomatic assistance and adequate security for Singh both in UK and on his return to India.

Singh had taken over as Namdhari sect leader in December after the death of Satguru Jagjit Singh. His selection had triggered controversy within the sect as his brother Thakur Dilip Singh was also in the race for the post. This had resulted in the formation of two groups within the Namdhari — one following Uday Singh and the other Dilip Singh.

H S Hanspal,president of Namdhari Darbar,said over phone from Delhi: “We have written to the PM and adequate security has been provided to Satguru Uday Singh in the UK. The Satguru will continue with his programmes,though he has sustained injuries on his nose and fractured his left wrist. The PM has also been requested to direct the Ministry of Home Affairs to evaluate the threat perception to Satguru,as has received threats in India as well.”

Both Hanspal and Sant continued…

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