Thursday, June 14, 2007

Another Example of Dera Followers' Violence

The Indian media was quick to point at Sikhs as being instigators of violence, however, it is the Dera followers who continue to pick fights with Sikhs. Personally, I think it's an attempt to try and instigate Sikhs into taking revenge in order to bring Sikhs into disrepute.

CHEEMA MANDI(Sunam): A scuffle between the Sikh community members and dera Sacha Sauda followeres here on Wednesday has caused tension in the area.

The clash sparked when certain dera followers beat up Gurjant Singh who at a congregation in Gurdawara told Sikhs to be loyal to their religion and boycott the deras. As the report of beating up of Gurjant Singh spread, the Sikhs went on rampage and set ablaze two kiosks and a motocycle.

Gurjant, who sustained injuries, alleged that his beard was pulled by the Piara and his brother who had recently returned to Sikhism in a baptising ceremony held in the village gurdwara.

Piara was given a siropa during the ceremony. When Gurjant visited his shop in the morning, Piara and Bikar were talking about some dera satsang, it was learnt.

On this, Gurjant asked Piara to justify the rationale of accepting the siropa if he was still interested in dera satsang.

To this, Piara, a hair dresser, alleged that he had taken the siropa only to use it as a cloth to clean the shop mirrors and scissors.

This triggered the scuffle, in which Gurjant was injured and rushed to Sunam Civil Hospital.

As per information, Sikhs started to converge on the village, saying that dera followers had injured a Sikh and pulled his beard. At 11 am, Sikhs from villages Tolewala, Jharon and Teerokalan armed with lathis, swords and sharp-edged weapons started to head towards the house of Piara Singh, where he and some other followers had taken shelter.

Acting swiftly, a police party managed to save the dera followers. The agitating mob then put on fire the kiosks and a motorbike.

SP (Headquarters) Dharam Singh claimed Piara and Bikar were arrested on the complaint of Gurjant after registering of a case and 10 other dera followers and eight Sikhs were also rounded up for disrupting peace law and order.

Later in the day, BSF held flag marches in the village amidst a heavy security that was deployed around the house of Piara Singh.

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