Day after clash , SGPC gets over 50 activists booked - ECAS Punjab

Day after clash , SGPC gets over 50 activists booked

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Tribune News Service

Amritsar, October 25

Amid allegations and counter charges after a clash between the SGPC task force and members of Sikh organisations protesting over the missing 'saroops', the SGPC has got registered an FIR against 50-60 activists.

Following the altercation that left at least 15 persons from both sides injured, the protesters were disbursed and the site of the protest, opposite the Teja Singh Samundri Hall, was barricaded today.

Declaring a 'blanket ban' on holding any protest inside the Golden Temple complex in future, SGPC president Gobind Singh Longowal alleged the clash took place under the patronage of the Congress leadership which intended to vitiate the atmosphere. He alleged armed with 'kirpans' and sticks, the activists attacked the staff members, including a 'dharmi fauji'.

Those booked under Sections 307, 452, 148 and 149 of the IPC included Sukhjit Singh Khosa, Dilbagh Singh, Manjit Singh Jhabbal , Baljit Singh Muchhal, Manjit Kaur, Lakhbir Singh and 50 others.

These are the members of various Sikh outfits, including the Guru Granth Sahib Satkar Committee. They have been staging a sit-in outside the hall since September 14.

Terming it a 'biased' action, Balbir Singh Muchchal, head of the satkar committee, said the SGPC management had manipulated the clash episode in its favour but they would continue to ask questions over the missing 'saroops'.

"The police took no time to file an FIR against us and never bothered to reach out to our members who are lying injured in the hospital," Muchchal said.

Longowal, however, alleged some activists attempted to disrupt the traditional 'maryada' of the Golden Temple, loitered in the shrine complex in an inebriated condition and locked the entrance gates of the hall.

Meanwhile, AAP MLA Kultar Singh Sandhwan visited the injured members of the satkar committee. "The Akal Takht Jathedar must take strict action against the culprits," he said.

from The Tribune

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