Sword-wielding Sikhs clashed inside the compound of their religion’s holiest shrine on Friday (June, 6), the 30th anniversary of a controversial raid by Indian security forces that flushed out separatist militants holed up in the temple.
Television showed dramatic footage of Sikhs rushing out of the Golden Temple in Amritsar in northern India, brandishing their swords against each other in a violent confrontation in which several people were injured.
A police official said the clashes were triggered by a minor argument between temple employees and an unnamed fringe Sikh group when commemorating the victims of the 1984 temple raid.
Peace has since been restored, said the official, who declined to be named because he is not authorized to speak to the media.
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