Twelve people were injured in a clash between the followers of Sirsa-based Dera Sacha Sauda and Sikhs at a village near Makhu town of Ferozepur district on Sunday.
According to information, a religious congregation by the dera followers was scheduled to be held at a school at Mehmodwala village, but Sikh representatives allegedly objected to it. Following the intervention of the local police, the venue was shifted to the house of a local dera follower.
Meanwhile, a number of Sikhs gathered at the gurdwara at nearby village Jogewala, and at around 10.30 am, when the dera followers were on their way to the house, the Sikhs allegedly tried to prevent them from going there.
Soon, a clash between the two sides erupted as the police failed to control the situation. The two groups attacked one another with swords besides indulging in manhandling and stone-pelting.
Later, the situation was brought under control when more policemen reached the spot and fired in the air to disperse the mob.
The injured included Mohkam Singh, Baaj Singh, Mangat Singh, Harnam Singh, Kuldeep Singh, Jarnail Singh, Major Singh, Gurmeet Singh and Kehar Singh besides a few policemen.
DIG Mohnish Chawla and SSP Sukhwant Singh Gill, along with a police party, were camping in the village while Sikh followers were stationed at the village gurdwara and the dera followers were sitting on the road at the time of filing of this report.
Surinder Kumar, a dera follower, said their representatives were holding talks with the police to demand registration of cases against the Sikh followers.
Chawla claimed that the situation was under control, saying the investigation was on and the guilty would be brought to book.