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Sikh News Mastuana Sahab Gurdwara Row Hots Up Again

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    Sant Babas at it again as Gurdwara Row Hots Up Again

    Tribune News Service
    Sangrur, January 2

    Row over the management of Gurdwara Sachkhand Angetha Sahab in
    Mastuana Sahab of Sangrur erupted again this morning when some
    miscreants entered the residence of Baba Sadhu Singh, mukh sewadar
    (chief caretaker), at 4 am and allegedly threatened him for taking
    over the control of the religious place. The miscreants, alleged to
    be supporters of Surjeet Singh Duggan, besides taking over the
    possession of the gurdwara also took hold of the gurdwara offerings
    including cash and jewellery.

    There are two groups involved in the row --- one headed by Surjeet
    Singh Duggan, while the other group is led by Baba Sadhu Singh,
    allegedly supported by Jarnail Singh Changal.

    Local sources said in the morning when the devotees reached the
    religious place to offer prayers, they found the gurdwara premises
    turned into a police cantonment. They added that the police had
    sealed all the entry and exit points of the gurdwara to prevent any
    confrontation between the two warring groups.

    Meanwhile, Karam Singh, one of the followers of the ailing Baba Sadhu
    Singh, alleged that a large number of armed persons from Damdama
    Sahib and Talwandi Sabo with the "active support" of the local police
    took over the reins of the gurdwara. He further said that forcible
    possession of the religious place, founded by Mastuana Sahab Sant
    Baba Attar Singh, was politically motivated and had patronage of a
    senior leader of the SAD. He added that since offerings at the
    gurdwara were in lakhs, it had resulted in some people using force to
    take over it.

    DSP (rural) Kuldeep Sharma, while talking to mediapersons, denied any
    forcible possession by any group. He added that the police would act
    when a written complaint is made.

    A few months ago also, the two groups had fought a battle to gain
    control of the management of the gurdwara.
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