Three people were killed and six injured in firing between two groups of Nihangs over the control of a gurdwara at Mallan village in Muktsar district on Wednesday.
Those killed were identified as Naib Singh (70) and Harvinder Singh (30), both hailing from Mallan village, and Amritpal Singh (45) from Goluwala village in Rajasthan.
Sources said Balbir Singh, head of Baba Budha Dal, had yesterday handed over a letter to Naib Singh of Mallan village, who was earlier managing the affairs of a gurdwara at Jassi Baghwali in Bathinda district, to take control of Gurdwara Aaramsar Sahib in the village as well.
According to Hindustan Times :
The clash took place when Makhan Singh, belonging to the rival faction headed by Joginder Singh, reached the gurdwara along with his supporters to wrest its control on Wednesday morning.Makhan Singh, who had been overseeing the gurdwara affairs for the past several years, was allegedly threatened and thrown out of the premises by Naib Singh and his aides the previous night. The gurdwara owns six acres of land in Mallan and three acres in Rammania village.
As Makhan Singh’s group wielding arms and sharp-edged weapons attacked the rival group around 10am, Naib Singh and his men tried to take shelter inside the gurdwara premises, but three of them were killed, while six others received multiple bullet injuries.
Gurdeep Singh, an injured, said, “We had the ‘authority’ letter which we showed to Makhan Singh. However, he called his supporters and attacked us. Three persons of our group, including Naib Singh, have been killed.”
Muktsar SSP Gurpreet Singh Gill said: “A case has been registered. Around 70 rounds were fired. ASI Iqbal Singh and three other cops, who were present on the spot, even locked the entrance of the gurdwara. But the attackers entered the shrine by scaling the walls.”
The case has been registered against Pritam Singh, Charanjit Singh, Ranjit Singh, Kala Singh, Sukhwinder Singh, Harpreet Singh, Gurdeep Singh, Charanjit Singh, Jaswant Singh, Satnam Singh, Angrej Singh, Sulakhan Singh and unidentified persons.
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