Don't meddle in Sikh affairs, Akali Dal warns Congress
The ruling Shiromani Akali Dal in Punjab here Sunday warned the Congress
against meddling in the religious affairs of Sikhs.
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, who is also the patron
of the Akali Dal, said: "The Akali Dal would not tolerate any
interference by the Congress party in the religious affairs of the
New Delhi: A clash
between two factions at a Delhi gurdwara Thursday morning left 11
people injured, including two seriously, police said.
A meeting held at Gurdwara Rakab Ganj in central Delhi to discuss
a proposed amendment bill ahead of the Shiromani Gurdwara
Parbandhak Committee elections turned violent, with rival factions
attacking each other with kirpans, leaving 11 injured.
A heated argument between supporters of the Shiromani Akali Dal
Badal (Delhi) group and the Akali Dal Delhi Sarna (ADDS) group
turned violent, with both factions drawing kirpans.
Police denied reports that guns were used.
"The two factions used kirpans and small stones to attack each
other," a police officer told IANS.
Manjit Singh G.K., Shiromani Akali Dal Badal(SADB) president
(Delhi) and All India general secretary, and Chaman Singh were
identified as those who received critical injuries.
"Of the 11 injured, six people belong to SADB group, while five
belong to ADDS group.
The SADB group was rushed to Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital while ADDS
group was sent to Safdarjung Hospital.
"It was a trap. As soon as I entered the premises of gurdwara,
members of the AADS group attacked me. They wanted to kill me, and
they had hired bouncers for the job," said Manjit Singh.
A police officer told IANS that Manjit Singh, along with 15 to 20
members of his group, entered the premises of the Rakab Ganj
Gurdwara around 11 a.m. Thursday to attend an executive body
meeting organised by the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee.
"As Manjit is the only member of the executive body of his group,
he was told by the ADDS group to enter the meeting alone. But he
wanted to enter with his five members," said the officer.
"The issue led to a heated argument and Manjit's group started
breaking flower pots and pelting stones. Manjit's other group
members also joined the scuffle. In the meantime, the ADDS group
also attacked Manjit and his group with swords and sticks," the
The situation was brought under control as soon as police came to
know of the bloody clash between the two groups, he said.
"Reinforcements of police personnel have been deputed at the spot
to control the situation," a senior police official told IANS,
adding: "The situation is under control."
Police is planning to register cases against both groups for
creating panic and a riot-like situation in the area, said the