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15 injured in Punjab clash

Harjinder Sidhu  Bhatinda, May 14, 2007
First Published: 21:13 IST(15/5/2007) | Last Updated: 00:20 IST(19/5/2007)

An attempt by nearly 200 Sikh protesters to burn an effigy of Sacha Sauda Dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh led to a clash with followers of the sect on Monday, forcing police to resort to cane charge and use of a water cannon to disperse the warring groups.

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At least 15 people were seriously hurt while a dozen others sustained minor injuries. The protesters were agitating against reports that the chief had shown up dressed like the 10th Sikh Guru Gobind Singh at a public function at Dera Salabatpura here on Friday.

Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has asked the Patiala Zonal IG to conduct an inquiry into the violence.


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