In India, three people died and almost one hundred were reported injured on Sunday (5 November) when police and sikh religious demonstrators clashed in New Delhi.
In India, three people died and almost one hundred were reported injured on Sunday (5 November) when police and sikh religious demonstrators clashed in New Delhi. Reuters news agency said the dead included a senior Sikh leader and a policeman.
SYNOPSIS: The trouble came about when orthodox Akali Sikhs tried to break up the annual three-day convention of rival Sikhs -- the Nirankari Mission -- at India Gate in central Delhi. Earlier, before dawn, police had arrested thirty-seven Akali leaders, the first of a reported three hundred people arrested during the day. The Akalis accused the ruling Janata government of ignoring their wishes by allowing the Nirankaris to hold their convention in Delhi.
The Akalis claim their rivals are trying to destroy the true faith of Sikhism. A security net of three thousand policemen had been posted around the convention grounds for the three days.
A senior police officer said his men had fired shots and used tear gas to disperse violent crowds in three separate clashes with Akali Sikhs brandishing swords and sticks. The Akalis alleged their leader avatar Singh Kohli died when hit by a shell fired into a police van in which he was being held. But the police officer said a hospital reported Mr. Kohli had died of a heart attack, and he added that the policeman, at first reported to have died from a sword wound was killed when a stone struck his head.
As a protection during the convention, police had enforced a law prohibiting more than four people gathering together in public. Those arrested faced charges of attempted murder, arson and breach of the peace.