Tension prevailed at Talwandi Malhian village under the Dharamkot subdivision, 34 km from the district headquarters, when villagers and activists of the Ek Noor Khalsa Fauj clashed over the issue of starting an 'akhand path' at a religious place inside the village on Saturday.
A police team, led by Jatinder Singh Khaira, senior superintendent of police (SSP), reached the spot and took some people into custody immediately to prevent any violence in the village.
As per information, more than 20 activists of the Ek Noor Khalsa Fauj, led by Sukhjit Singh Khosa, president of the Shri Guru Granth Sahib Committee, came by three vehicles from Lohian Khas town in Jalandhar district for allegedly stopping the villagers from starting an 'akhand path' at Dera Baba Ghumandi Dass on Saturday morning. The villagers said that they had been doing so on this day every year for the last 50 years with full respect to Shri Guru Granth Sahib.
As soon as the villagers came to know that some people, who were carrying swords and various types of other sharp-edged weapons, had entered the Dera for allegedly interrupting their religious programme, hundreds of angry villagers came out from their houses with wooden sticks and opposed the outsiders.
Three vehicles of the Ek Noor Khalsa Fauj volunteers were smashed by angry villagers. However, the villagers failed to conduct 'akhand path' at the Dera for the first time in 50 years. SSP Khaira claimed a heavy police force had been deployed in Talwandi Malhian to avoid any violence.
Buta Singh, sarpanch of the village, said he, along with others, had requested the Fauj volunteers not to disrupt the proceedings and leave the village, but they did not heed to their pleas.
The SSP said, "We are investigating the entire matter. However, the police would not allow anyone to break the law and order situation."