Vienna, May 25: A violent clash between two groups of Sikh worshippers broke-out in a gurudwara in Vienna, capital of Austria. An Indian Sikh Guru is shot dead and 30 others are injured of which condition of nine people are critical.
Austrian police said that the two groups of Sikh worshippers clashed with knives and a handgun in the Gurudwara on Sunday, May 24. The guru who died from gunshot wounds has been identified as 56-year-old Sant Ram Nand. Sant Rama Nand underwent emergency surgery but died during on Sunday, May 24 night.
He was accompanying another Guru Sant Niranjan Das who was the preacher at the ceremony in the gurudwara. The two preaching to a gathering that calls itself the Shri Guru Ravidass Sabha. The clash broke-out when a groups of people of rival Sikh sect intruded and attacked the gathering with knives and guns objecting the sermon. So far six people are arrested.
Meanwhile the Vienna violence spread to Punjab of India as well. The state is on high alert and army is called in Chandigarh. Protesters damaged police van and transport buses on Sunday, May 24 late night in Jalandhar. Six companies of paramilitary forces and five columns of Army have been deployed.