Tension prevailed in the city on Friday after two groups of nihangs clashed during the Bandi Chhor Divas celebrations leaving six people, including two minors, injured.
They received bullet and splinter injuries, besides injuries caused by sharp-edged weapons. Of these, a man was seriously injured and has been admitted to Guru Nanak Dev Hospital.
The clash is being attributed to a dispute over headship between the two groups. The seriously injured man has been identified as Bir Singh (50), who was hit in the stomach by a bullet. Three injured have been admitted to the civil hospital. Among the injured are two minors, both aged 16. The other injured have been identified as Harbhajan Singh, Balkar Singh and Amrik Singh.
While Balkar Singh has suffered injuries caused by sharp-edged weapons, others have received bullet and splinter injuries.
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Giving details, ADCP City-1 Parampal Singh said the clash took place between two groups of Panthic Dashmesh Tarna Dal, Ludhiana, at the end of the Bandi Chhor Divas celebrations held at Railway Colony.
Every year, groups of Nihangs come to Amritsar to participate in these celebrations. They display their martial arts skills and weaponry on the occasion. “The clash pertains to dispute over headship of the Panthic Dashmesh Tarna Dal, Ludhiana, between Sher Singh Sodhi and Major Singh, as both claim to be the heads,” said the ADCP.
He said the Sher Singh group resorted to firing. “Around six rounds were fired between the two groups,” he said, adding that Sher Singh Sodhi, Pritam Singh and a few others had been detained by the police. “We are trying to verify who else was involved in firing,” he said, adding that a .12 bore and a .315 bore rifle were used in the firing, both of which had been recovered by the police.
“Some of the weapons recovered from the spot were licensed. We are trying to verify whether others were licensed or not,” he said, adding that all the injured belonged to the Major Singh group. He said the police reached the spot as soon as the matter was brought to their notice.
“Islamabad SHO inspector Amrik Singh reached the spot and positioned himself before their vehicles so that they did not escape. He rounded them up and brought them to the police station,” said the ADCP, adding that the police were in the process of registering a case.