Scuffle outside the Golden Temple on Wednesday morning scared devotees, as police tried to stop radicals' march to SAS Nagar to press for the release of six Sikh militants held beyond the term.
As police formed a human chain outside the main entrance to the "serais" (rest houses) at the shrine, the turban of one of the Panj Pyaras (Guru's five beloved disciples) was tossed in the melee that broke out. The radicals were quick to blame a senior officer, even as the Panj Piaras led the march to Gurdwara Aamb Sahib in SAS Nagar coolly.
After the allegation, police made no further attempt to stop the march, even as Akal Takht jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh came there to intervene. The organisers assured him they would raise no further provocative slogans. After the jathedar's meeting with senior civil and police officers, the marchers proceeded to the destination, where former militant Gurbaksh Singh is on hunger strike for the past 20 days for the release of the detainees.
The march had begun from the Akal Takht after "ardas" by the jathedar. Radical leaders HS Dhami, Harpal Singh Cheema, Bhai Ram Singh, Karnal Singh Peer Mohammed, and Jasbir Singh Rode were present.
On Tuesday evening, police had carried out raids to catch some of the radical leaders, and apprehend Dal Khalsa spokesman Kanwarpal Singh, who was let off on Wednesday after the march had left the city.