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Sikh News The Hindu : International : Sikh Protesters Disrupt Wedding In U.K. (The Hindu News)

Jun 1, 2004
Sikh protesters disrupt wedding in U.K.

LONDON: A Sikh couple had to postpone their wedding after protesters from the community stormed the hotel where the ceremony was being held. The protesters alleged that they had shown disrespect to their holy book, police said on Monday. The couple watched helplessly as about 40 members of the `Respect to Guru Granth Sahib Ji Campaign' barged into the hotel in Slough, Berkshire, where the ceremony was being held on Saturday. The group claimed that the holy book should not have been brought to a place where alcohol, meat and cigarettes were available. The priest fell to the ground in a scuffle with the protesters. The gang took the Guru Granth Sahib, which was to be used in the service, to a Gurudwara in Slough. After police restored calm, they stood guard at the hotel overnight. A spokesman for the Thames Valley Police said, "Apparently a compromise has been reached by both sides over the holy book used for the service and a `semi-holy book' is to be used instead. No one was injured in the incident on Saturday and there have been no arrests." This is the second time the group has disrupted a wedding for religious reasons. Two weeks ago, they staged a "confiscation raid" during a wedding in Ilford, East London. — PTI
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