Clash between RSS and Sikh devotees averted in Gurudwara

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Fatehgarh Sahib, Nov 17 (UNI) With the timely intervention of some devotees, a clash between RSS activists and a group of Sikh devotees was averted at the historical Sri Fatehgarh Sahib Gurudwara, run by Shiromani Gurudwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC).

SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar has constituted a committee to inquire into the incident that occured late last night.

The committee will comprise SGPC secretary Dilmegh Singh, SGPC executive member Karnail Singh Panjoli, Sirhind MLA and SGPC member Didar Singh Bhatti.

According to reports, a group of about 50 RSS activists had visited the Gurudwara to pay obeisance. They were presented with 'siropas' (robes of honour) by the shrine management committee.

The RSS activists, who were in their traditional uniform then held a meeting in the Gurudwara premises and thereafter, started delivering speeches in Hindi. A couple of devotees, who had come to pay obeisance, noticed it and lodged their protest with the shrine managers, trying to stop the RSS activists from delivering their speeches.

This led to heated exchanges between the two opposing groups.

However, a possible clash was averted with the intervention of another group of devotees who pacified both the sides.

Most of the RSS activists, under the leadership of Vijay Kumar, were from New Delhi on a visit to religious places in Punjab.

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