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HindustanTimes Sun,31 Aug 2014

Dera Sacha Sauda followers and radical Sikh organisations clash; Five Dera followers injured

Surinder Maan, Hindustan Times  Moga, November 26, 2013
First Published: 20:10 IST(26/11/2013) | Last Updated: 20:12 IST(26/11/2013)

A clash between the Dera Sacha Sauda followers and some residents of Dhudi Ke village under Mehna police station in Moga today left many injured. To disperse the stone-pelting members of both groups, the police resort to firing in the air, lathicharge and fired teargas shells.

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As high tension is prevailing in the village and surrounding areas, so the heavy police forces have been deployed to control the situation.

The clash between the Dera followers and members of some radical Sikh organizations started today after the Dera Sacha Sauda organized a religious congregation in the grain mandi of the  village and the members of the radical group were opposing it.

The clash between both groups in the village left five dera followers injured when they were allegedly attacked by a mob armed with fire and sharp-edged weapons.

As the mob set some motor cycles and cycles of the dera followers on fire, so the latter also resorted to stone pelting. Keeping in view the increasing tension, heavy police force from the neighbouring districts rushed to the village and police resorted to lathicharge, tear gas shells and opened firing in the air to disperse the members of both groups.

However after the  clash, the members of the radical Sikh group blocked the traffic on Moga-Dhudike main road and the dera followers blocked Moga-Ajitwal road, both raising slogans against teach and accusing the district administration and police for its failure to control the rival factions. While the dera followers accused the police for its soft attitude toward the radical Sikh groups as some of them leaders of the Akali Dal.

However the members of radical Sikh group raised slogans against the district administration for giving permission to the dera followers to organize their religious congregation in the village.

Eye witnessed said that while Dera followers had reached grain market of Dhudike village to hold their scheduled 'Naam Charcha' people attending worship when a mob comprising over 200 people shouted slogans against Dera chief as well as Dera followers, which led to the clash with both groups pelting stones at each other.

Kamaljit Singh Dhillon, senior superintendent of police, Moga, said that the police had opened fire in the air and used soft cane charge to dissolve the crowd.

Arshdeep Singh Thind, Moga deputy commissioner claimed that there were no reports of any person getting injured. "The situation has been brought under control and heavy police force has been deployed to
prevent any untoward incident," Thind added.

A case has been registered against around 80 people including three senior Akali leaders under Sections 295-A, 307, 436, 506, 427, 336, 148, 149 of Indian Panel Code (IPC) and 25/27/54/61 of Arms Act behalf of the complaint of Dera Sacha Sauda follower Gurmail Singh, resident of Butter Kalan village under Badhni Kalan police station in district Moga.

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