San Francisco: Several people were injured when a major fight broke out between two groups of Sikhs at a Gurdwara in the US state of California, apparently over leadership dispute, according to media reports.
The incident took place at a famous Gurdwara in Northern California's Turlock city and it came to light after a video of the chaos was made public. Soon after the fight began, local police was called in to quell the brawl.
The video shows Sikhs shoving and throwing punches at each other, CBS news reported yesterday. The report quoted some of the witnesses who said that some Sikhs were wielding kirpans, ceremonial swords inside the Gurdwara. Harinder Toor, a member of the temple who was inside when the melee started, said a dispute over temple leadership became heated as different factions have been fighting for power for years and the tensions boiled over Sunday, according to the report. Several people have sustained minor injuries and were taken to nearby hospitals.
The Turlock Police Department said it has responded to the fights at the temple before, but none quite like this one. Police said that no arrests were made as further investigations were underway.