More charges laid in Brampton Sikh temple fight More charges laid in Brampton Sikh temple fight - thestar.com
Published On Thu Apr 22 2010
Two more Brampton men have been charged following a fight between two groups inside a Sikh temple Sunday afternoon that sent four people to hospital.
Peel Region police say the fight broke out at Guru Nanak Sikh Centre at Glidden Rd. near Hwy. 410 and Steeles Ave.
Investigators say weapons were used that left four men, between 33 to 46 years old, in hospital with various injuries but witnesses reported turbans flew, and hammers, machetes and construction knives were brandished as about 200 people were screaming, pushing and shoving inside the temple.
Const. Wayne Patterson said officers were aware of a “civil dispute” between the two groups and officers met with the temple officials and decided police should be on hand during the Sunday meeting.
“We were told to monitor and we should not be involved so officers were right outside the temple,” Patterson said.
Police charged Amarjit Singh Mann, 58, and Surjit Singh Atwal, 54, with possession of a weapon and assault with a weapon. Mann also faces two assault causing bodily harm charges. Both men turned themselves in to police and appeared in Brampton court Thursday.
Days earlier following initial investigation, Harvinder Pal Dhaliwal, 41, was charged with assault and Tehal Shergill, 60, and Satwant Deol, 25, were charged with assault and weapons offences.
Patterson said the investigation is ongoing and additional charges are a possibility.
“Just because we’re arrested five people, it doesn’t mean we’re stopping here. If these groups don’t behave and act like adults and continue to commit criminal acts, there will be more arrests,” he said.Reference:: Sikh Philosophy Network http://www.sikhphilosophy.net/controversies/30130-more-charges-laid-brampton-sikh-temple.html
“We had people go to hospital and this is solving nothing. And now that we’ve had incidents where violence has erupted, we’ll have to monitor these meetings in the future.”Reference:: Sikh Philosophy Network http://www.sikhphilosophy.net/showthread.php?t=30130
The fight was two weeks after Manjit Mangat, a prominent Brampton lawyer, was stabbed outside the Sikh Lehar Centre, a Sikh temple close to Guru Nanak Sikh Centre.