Police have booked 15 members of the satkar committee for trespass and injuring residents of Anneykot village in Thursday’s clash to take control of Gurdwara Nanaksar.
Those arrested include satkar committee president Balbir Singh Mushal. In a complaint to police, Amrik Singh of Chonney village said he saw over 20 persons, led by Mushal, trying to force a “granthi” out of the gurdwara. “When I questioned, Mushal and his supporters attacked me. Nearby residents came to my rescue but the satkar committee members attacked them too,” alleged the complainant.
The Ghuman police have registered a case under Sections 323 (punishment for voluntarily causing hurt), 324 (causing hurt by dangerous weapons), 148 (rioting), 149 (unlawful assembly) and 452 (trespass after preparation for hurt, assault or wrongful restraint) of the Indian Penal Code against Mushal, Gurmeet Singh, Sukhpal Singh, Amrik Singh, Kirpal Singh, Gurnam Singh, Sukha Singh, Avtar Singh, Gurmeet Singh and six unidentified persons.
Accusing police of being partial, Mushal said: “We had gone to the gurdwara to discuss about the new management committee, but Amrik and his supporters climbed on the roof of the “langar” (community kitchen) hall and started throwing stones at us, injuring three members of our group, but police have not registered their complaint.”