SGPC-shopkeepers clash: 13 booked

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Amritsar
  • Updated: Jun 30, 2014 21:05 IST

The police on Monday registered a case against 13 persons in connection with the clash that took place on Sunday between task force members of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) and some shopkeepers in the Chowk Baba Sahib locality in the vicinity of the Golden Temple complex here.

The case was registered at the C-Division police station on the complaint of SGPC employee Paramjit Singh, who is assistant manager, properties, Darbar Sahib (Golden Temple).

However, the police did not take the statements of the opposite party (shopkeepers) into consideration while registering the case. The clash had left seven persons injured, including five members of the task force.

The case was registered under sections 341, 323, 324, 148 and 149 of the IPC. The 13 persons against whom the case was registered were charged with wrongfully restraining the SGPC from carrying out its task on its property. They were also charged for causing hurt to the task force members with the use of dangerous weapons.

The case was registered against Satbir Singh, Santokh Singh and Jarnail Singh and ten others who are yet to be identified. No arrests have been made so far.

Satbir Singh has been named as the prime accused as the SGPC alleged that he had forcefully laid claim to seven of the shops that the SGPC demolished.

The SGPC claimed in its complaint to the police that those running the shops had vacated these and had handed them over to the SGPC, as per an agreement reached four months back.
However Satbir Singh, who is running three other shops, also belonging to the SGPC, in the area has laid claim to the seven shops which were bulldozed.

The SGPC, in its complaint, accused Satbir Singh of being instrumental in attacking the task force members.

The SGPC plans to build a 'serai' (rest house) for pilgrims in an area of 500 square yards in Baba Sahib Chowk. The seven shops, a closed primary school and some other properties that belong to the SGPC are to be demolished for constructing the 'serai'.

Satbir Singh, on the other hand, has accused the police of showing partiality and not taking his statement into consideration while registering the case. He has claimed that it was the task force which first attacked the shopkeepers and had injured a couple of them.

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