Missing 'saroops': Protesters clash with SGPC task force, many hurt - ECAS Punjab

Missing 'saroops': Protesters clash with SGPC task force, many hurt

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Tribune News Service

Amritsar, October 24

The month-long peaceful protest by Sikh protesters, who are seeking registration of a criminal case against SGPC employees responsible for misappropriation of 328 Guru Granth Sahib 'saroops', turned violent as some of them clashed with the SGPC's task force today.

Sarbjit Singh, an SGPC employee, was grievously injured in the attack. Before the clash broke out, Surjit Singh Khosa, one of the protesters, locked the main gate of the SGPC office and sat outside the smaller gate along with his supporters. Both groups pushed and jostled each other creating ruckus inside the Golden Temple where a large number of devotees were paying obeisance and listening to Gurbani. Acrimonious scenes were witnessed when SGPC officials came out during lunch. During the ensuing brawl, swords and sticks were used to attack each other. A woman and some mediapersons were also thrashed.

A journalist from a private electronic media organisation was whisked away inside the SGPC office by the task force. A scribe from a Punjabi daily claimed he was thrashed and his mobile phone was lost in the melee. Irate mediapersons held a sit-in outside the locked gates of the SGPC office. SGPC officials, led by Gurbaksh Singh Khalsa, junior vice-president of the SGPC, claimed some protesters came out and assaulted unarmed SGPC members with sharp-edged weapons.

A group of SGPC members submitted a memorandum to Akal Takht Jathedar Harpreet Singh to convene a meeting of the five Sikh high priests to take action against the protesters for violation of the 'maryada'.

Dr Sukhchain Singh Gill, Police Commissioner, said, "The moment we learnt that the protest had turned violent, we reached the spot and brought the situation under control," he said.

Missing 'saroops': Sikh bodies to intensify stir

Sangrur: Members of Sikh organisations and political parties, which have been sitting on an indefinite protest at Longowal since September 22, on Saturday organised a Panthik congregation and announced intensifying their agitation from October 27 to press for action against SGPC employees allegedly responsible for the disappearance of 'saroops' of Guru Granth Sahib. TNS

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