Dera head out of danger, says in-charge

Updated on May 26, 2009 12:04 PM IST

Dera Sachkhand Ballan preacher Sant Niranjan Dass, who was attacked in Vienna on Sunday, is out of danger, sect in-charge Sant Surinder Dass Bawa said.

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PTI | By, Jalandhar

Dera Sachkhand Ballan preacher Sant Niranjan Dass, who was attacked in Vienna on Sunday, is out of danger, sect in-charge Sant Surinder Dass Bawa said.

The 66-year-old preacher was recovering fast, he said.

Bawa appealed to protesters to shun the path of agitation and pray for speedy recovery of the injured Dera head after a clash between rival Sikh communities in a Vienna Gurudwara leading to the death of one of their gurus Sant Rama Nand triggered large scale violence and arson in Punjab.

"Its our duty to maintain peace and communal harmony. The agitation must end immediately," he said at a meeting of local peace committee here yesterday.

Representatives of various political and social organisations condemned the Vienna incident at the peace committee meeting.
Local Bodies Minister Manoranjan Kalia, Chief Parliamentary Secretary Avinash Chander, MP Mohinder Singh Kaypee and former ministers -- Avtar Henry and Chaudhary Jagjit Singh -- attended the meeting.

In the widespread violence in Punjab, three protestors were killed and trains attacked forcing the authorities to deploy Army and clamp curfew in four cities.

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