(Updates with details)
NEW DELHI, June 6 Sikhs wielding swords clashed
inside the compound of their religion's holiest shrine on
Friday, 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 violent clashes will be investigated and action will be
taken against those who are accused," said Giani Gurbachan
Singh, a leader of the elected body that manages Sikh temples.
Former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was assassinated by her
Sikh bodyguards in 1984 over the army's storming of the temple
to crush a Sikh militant movement that sought a separate
Nearly 3,000 people were killed in retaliatory riots against
India has suffered an upsurge of violence in many forms
since a general election last month won by Prime Minister
Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
In the most heinous crime, two girls were raped and hanged
in a village in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh. Three men
have been arrested over the killing, and two policemen suspected
of helping to cover up the crime.
This week, a lynch mob in the western city of Pune killed a
Muslim information technology worker. Seventeen men with links
to a little-known radical Hindu group have been arrested over
the killing, apparently provoked by a controversial Facebook
Modi, who was sworn in on May 26, has not commented on any
of the episodes of violence.
(Reporting by Sruthi Gottipati; Editing by Douglas Busvine and