Thursday, June 14, 2007

Dera Followers Are Now Attacking Gurdwaras

I wonder if the Indian media will point out the violence by Dera followers and the Dera's attempts to agitate Sikhs by attacking Gurdwaras?
Police arrests Sacha Sauda followers for stoning gurdwara

Fatehabad, Jun 14: Police today arrested six Dera Sacha Sauda followers for allegedly pelting a Gurdwara with stones and smashing of its windowpanes at village Chanpura in this district last night.

The police has also locked the Sacha Sauda Dera in the village after asking followers to vacate the building.

Heavy police and para military force, including two companies of the BSF, one company of the Haryana Armed Police had been deployed in the village, where the situation was described as ''tense but under control'.

The trouble reportedly started when the Sikhs in the village yesterday objected to the Dera followers installing a loudspeaker for their weekly prayers in the Dera building.

According to sources, when the Dera followers were returning home after their prayers, they allegedly stoned the village Gurudwara damaging its windowpanes.

The agitated Sikhs gathered in the Gurudwara in large numbers and held meetings overnight demanding arrest of those responsible for the attacks on their shrines and action against the Dera.

The IG, Police Y P Singhal, the DC O P Sheoran, the SP Saurabh Singh rushed to the village with a strong police force and camped there almost throughout the night to defuse the tension.

The police later arrested six Dera followers Manjit Singh, Sardara Singh, Gurjant Singh, Nikka Singh, Gurmel Singh and Bhana Singh under sections 148, 149, 295-A, 427 and 452 of the IPC.

Cases have also been registered against some unnamed persons in this regard.

The accused were produced before the judicial magistrate, Tohana, who sent them to judicial custody.

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