Three sent to jail for attacking Damdami Taksal preacher

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Jun 14, 2016 11:56 IST

A local court on Monday sent three accused to judicial custody a day after they allegedly attacked a preacher of the Damdami Taksal at Gurdwara Ram Singh in Vishwakarma Colony in Ludhiana.

The police have booked eight people, five of whom are absconding. On Sunday, two factions entered into a violent clash in the gurdwara over ‘siropa’ row. One of the group honoured Sandeep Singh, a preacher of Damdami Taksal led by Harnam Singh Dhumma, while the other group opposed it.

The police have denied any links of the incident with the attack on Sikh preacher Ranjit Singh Dhadrianwale last month.

Sandeep Singh, the Damdami Taksal preacher, alleged he was also robbed in the attack and his car was also damaged.

The police have booked eight persons and arrested three of them, identified as Joga Singh, Harsimrat Singh and Gurdeep Singh.

Police investigations revealed that there was an ongoing dispute over taking control over Gurdwara Ram Singh. The committee had approached Damdami Taksal to solve the issue following which preacher Sandeep Singh had arrived on Sunday.

As the members of gurdwara management committee announced the name of preacher of the Damdami Taksal to honour him, some persons present in the function opposed his name. The situation took an ugly turn when around 10 persons allegedly attacked Sandeep Singh and dragged him outside the gurdwara.

An eyewitness said the accused opposed giving “siropa” to Sandeep during the function and entered in a scuffle. The accused were of the view that activists of Damdami Taksal were involved in attack on Sikh preacher Ranjit Singh Dhadrianwale and they should honoured.Sandeep, who received injuries, claimed that the accused have also snatched `2 lakh from him.

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