Police have arrested 14 individuals in reference to an assault on policemen by a mob of sword-wielding Sikhs in Nanded after they had been denied permission to carry a public procession as a result of COVID-19 pandemic, an official stated on Tuesday. The Wazirabad police in Maharashtra’s Nanded district have registered three FIRs towards 64 individuals (who’ve been named within the FIRs) and different unidentified individuals in reference to Monday’s incident on the Sri Hazur Sahib gurdwara, he stated.
A viral video confirmed the sword-wielding mob barging out of the gurdwara, breaking the barricades put up by police and attacking the policemen.
4 constables had been injured and 6 autos had been additionally broken within the violence. The situation of one of many injured policemen was critical, the official stated. The police had been additionally making an attempt to determine if anybody from the gurdwara committee had any function within the incident, he stated.
“We now have arrested 14 individuals until now on prices of try and homicide, rioting, and below provisions of the Arms Act and different sections. Round 64 individuals have been named within the FIR, whereas the search is on for others,” Deputy Inspector Common of Police, Nanded Vary, Nisar Tamboli stated.
The official on Monday stated permission for the Hola Mohalla public procession was not granted as a result of coronavirus pandemic.
“The gurdwara committee was knowledgeable they usually had assured us that they’d abide by our directives and maintain the occasion contained in the gurdwara premises,” he had stated.
Nevertheless, when the Nishan Sahib was introduced on the gate round four pm on Monday, a number of contributors began arguing and over 300 youth stormed out of the gate, broke the barricades and commenced attacking the policeman, he had stated.
Nishan Sahib is a triangular saffron-color flag furling outdoors a gurdwara on a metal pole coated with a saffron material. The flag additionally has an insignia known as Khanda within the center, which incorporates two swords and a chakra.
Hola Mohalla (Hola) is a Sikh competition that comes a day after Holi.
In contrast to Holi, when individuals sprinkle colored powder on one another, Hola Mohalla is an event for Sikhs to display their martial abilities.
Nanded is a vital Sikh pilgrimage centre as it’s residence to the sacred shrine – the Takht Sachkhand Sri Hazur Abchal Nagar Sahib.
It was right here that the 10th and final Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh (1666-1708), anointed the holy guide Guru Granth Sahib because the everlasting Guru of Sikhism and spent the final 14 months of his life.