Gurdwara Sahib attacked and Burned in Vishakapatnam, Andhra Pradesh


Update: 10/7/13

Protesting against the attack on a Sikh Gurudwara in Vizianagaram on Saturday and sacrilege of the sacred scripture of Sikhs besides attacking a Sikh priest by antisocial elements, Sikhs  staged a protest demonstration at Gurudwara Saheb Ameerpet in Hyderabad on Sunday.

Sikhs, holding placards and black flags, gathered in large numbers at the Ameerpet Gurudwara and demanded the arrest of the  attackers and stringent action against them.

President of Gurudwara Saheb Ameerpet S Darshan Singh said anti-social elements threw stones on the Gurdwara Saheb in Vizianagaram and a few of them even barged into the shrine and abused the Granthi there in a filthy language.

“Attacking a religious place which has nothing to do with the ongoing agitation is very unfortunate,” he said.

President of Gurudwara Saheb Barambala, Sikh Chawniat, Attapur, S Harbans Singh appealed to chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy to ensure that the attackers are arrested.

Source: Indian Expresss

(October 5, 2013) A Gurdwara Sahib in Vishakapatnam has been reportedly attacked. A mob attacked the Gurdwara Sahib and set the Gurudwara on fire causing major damage. All glass windows and furniture have been destroyed in the fire that was set by the mob. The care takers of the Gurudwara were beaten badly and received injuries.

It’s being reported due to the rising tensions and uprisings of the new state of Telengana, the Mobs have randomly started attacking places. However, it is not being understood why a place of worship became a target of attack.

There is an estimated 1 lakh Sikhs and 2 Gurdwaras Sahibs in Vishakapatnam and the attack according to witnesses was thoroughly planned.

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After DSGMC member Paramjeet Singh Rana contacted police from Delhi then the Viskhapatnam DCP sent police to safeguard the gurdwara sahib.

There have been reports of rumala sahib being burnt and the Granthi Singh Bhai Sardar Jasveer Singh has said 2 Guru Granth Sahib Ji saroops received fire damage.  The cause of the attack was politically motivated as anti-Telengana protesters are taking to the street. A person close to the Gurdwara Sahib has stated the Granthi Singh was hiding in a small room while the Gurdwara Sahib was being ransacked. Total damage has been assessed and considerable property damage has occurred. The police controlled the situation after DSGMC officials contacted the state Government asking for immediate response of police. The attack started 4pm on October 5, 2013 and police reportedly arrived at 11pm.

Vishakapatnam is located in Andra Pradesh it wore the look of a city under siege on Friday as irate Samaikyandhra protesters took the city by storm while the hapless police watched the crowd that was mostly restrained but did get restive occasionally.

Autorickshaws stayed off the roads, while businesses remained shut with Samaikya protagonists taking over the roads and thwarting every effort of the police to disperse them and ensure smooth traffic on the city roads.

At Andhra University, students blocked all roads inside the campus and refused to let traffic ply. They also set up camp on the main road opposite the varsity’s main gate which they blockaded by burning tyres, placing logs and burning effigies of Congress president Sonia Gandhi and general secretary in charge of Andhra Pradesh Digvijay Singh. The protesters also tore posters of the government inside the campus while the policemen simply looked on.

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SGPC, NCM Condemn Attack on Gurudwara Sahib

A gurdwara was allegedly damaged during a protest by United Andhra supporters against the decision to create the new Telangana state, triggering agitation by Sikhs in Hyderabad and drawing condemnation by the National Commission for Minorities and the SGPC on Sunday.

The protesters on Saturday damaged the windowpanes of the gurdwara in KL Puram area in Vizianagaram town, which has been witnessing large-scale destruction of public and private property allegedly by United Andhra Pradesh supporters since October 4 in protest against the union cabinet’s decision to create Telangana, police said on Sunday.

An unruly mob indulged in vandalism in the town during the 48-hour Seemandhra bandh and pelted the shrine with stones, damaging its windowpanes, a senior police officer said.

Police immediately intervened and rescued five persons from the religious place, the officer said.
“We are in the process of identifying the persons behind the incident after going through the video footage. The Vizianagaram I Town police have registered a case under relevant sections of the IPC,” the officer said.

Meanwhile, National Commission for Minorities (NCM) and Shiromani Gurdwara Parbhandak Committee condemned the attack.

“It is shocking to hear that the gurdwara was attacked by a mob. It is a condemnable act by miscreants who have been agitating against setting up of new Telangana state,” NCM member Ajaib Singh told PTI on phone from Patiala.

He urged the Andhra Pradesh DGP to provide full security to the minority communities and their religious places.

He alleged that a mob had attacked the gurdwara and set it on fire causing major damage, and that the caretakers of the gurdwara were beaten badly and received injuries.

However, police in Vizianagaram said the shrine was not set on fire by the protesters.
Singh said a place of worship should not have become a target of attack during the rising tension and uprisings against the new state of Telangana.

SGPC chief Avtar Singh Makkar also condemned the incident. He said maintaining law and order is the state subject and urged the state government to take action against the miscreants. He said there were an estimated one lakh Sikhs and two gurdwaras in Vishakapatnam.

“The cause of the attack is not yet known. A person close to the gurdwara has said he was hiding in a small room while the gurdwara was being ransacked by a mob. The total damage has not yet been assessed, but police have controlled the situation now,” he said.

Sikhs in Hyderabad and Secunderabad also staged a protest against the incident at Gurdwara Saheb Ameerpet in Hyderabad, demanding that the central and state governments arrest the miscreants involved in the attack and take stringent action against them.

President of Gurdwara Saheb Ameerpet Darshan Singh said attacking a religious place which had nothing to do with the ongoing Seemandhra agitation was unfortunate and should be condemned by one and all, according to a release.

Sikhs are peace-loving people and never get into controversies, he said.

President of Gurdwara Saheb Barambala, Sikh Chawniat, Attapur, Harbans Singh demanded that chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy see to it that culprits who were involved in the attack were arrested and stringent action was taken against them so that such incidents did not recur, the release said.

Source: HT

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