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Tension prevails over succession row between Namdhari groups

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Amritsar, December 30, 2013
First Published: 00:14 IST(30/12/2013) | Last Updated: 00:15 IST(30/12/2013)

 Tension prevailed in Amritsar on Sunday due to row over the control of historical Shaheedi Bohr between two Namdhari groups during a religious gathering on Sunday.

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The incident occurred on the premises of Shaheedi Bohr (martyrs' banyan tree where four Namdharis were hanged by the British in 1871). The police officials, however, termed it as "just an argument".

Sources said a religious gathering was organised here every Sunday attended by the supporters of both the groups. This time, one of the groups headed by Thakur Uday Singh prevented the members of the rival group from entering the venue. The row is the fallout of the controversy that erupted after the appointment of Thakur Uday Singh as head of the sect, which has its headquarters in Bhaini Sahib.

A heavy deployment of police was witnessed in the area. Deputy commissioner of police (DCP) Bikram Pal Singh Bhatti, "There was an argument between the two groups of Namdharis and nothing more," he said.
 
Previously too, tension had prevailed at the Shaheedi Bohr when a clash took place between the two sects during a function organised in the memory of late Satguru Jagjit Singh, the former head of the sect.

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