Sant Ramanand Death | Sant Ramanand | Dera Sachkhand Ballan Sant Niranjan DassCurfew was clamped in Jalandhar city on Sunday night and Army alerted
as tension gripped Doaba region after violence flared
up and protesters resorted to arson within hours of attack on the head
of Dera Sachkhand Ballan in a temple shootout in the Austrian capital
of Vienna, where about 30 people were wounded when rival Sikh factions
clashed inside the premises. ( Watch )
Six buses were damaged in stone-pelting in Phagwara and Adampur, near
here, and two trucks and a bank ATM torched in Jalandhar and
Hoshiarpur. Police said curfew was clamped in Jalandhar town as a
Tension gripped Jalandhar when followers of Dera Sachkhand and various
Dalit bodies took to the streets after the news of firing on Sant
Niranjan Dass, the Dera head, and his second in command Sant Ramanand,
spread. The Dera was established by Sant Sarwan Dass and Sant Niranjan
Dass is the current incumbent (Gadi Nasheen).
As thousands of Majhabi Sikhs spilled on Nakodar road and even pelted
stones on police, the situation started worsening after 7.30pm.
National highways were blocked in Jalandhar, Phagwara, Nawanshahr and
Hoshiarpur and at other places of Doaba region as mobs set tyres on
fire. With angry protesters roaming the highways, police resorted to
diverting vehicles through alternate countryside routes. A
Jalandhar-bound passenger from Chandigarh, who was stranded midway,
said, "Our bus was stopped near Behram complex on Banga-Phagwara road
and people had to take shelter just about anywhere. I was lucky to
know someone in the vicinity."
Former Jalandhar municipal corporation mayor Surinder Mahey, who is
also a Dera follower and was in touch with his contacts abroad, said
the sect leaders were holding a function when armed assailants pumped
bullets into them.
"Reports suggest that Guru Ravidas took a gunshot in his thigh while
Ramanand was hit in abdomen," he added.
According to agency reports from Austria, about 30 people were
wounded, nine of them seriously, in a clash inside a Sikh temple.
Fighting broke out around 1.30 pm, when a group opposed to a sermon by
Shri Guru Ravidas Sabha whipped out knives and a gun inside the
"One drew a firearm, the others knives. The six people were
overpowered by members of the community and injured," a spokesperson
of the Austrian police department said. Cops recovered three spent
cartridges inside the temple, where 200 people had gathered for the
Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal appealed to all Punjabis to maintain
calm. Meanwhile, security was stepped up around religious institutions