Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Violent Clashes Break Out Over Control of California Sikh Temple

For several years, two factions have been competing for control of a Sikh Temple in California. A 2008 election brought in reform directors for the Tierra Buena Gurdwara in Yuba City. (See prior posting.) Last September, 5 of the 73 board members attempted to force new elections, but a Sutter County (CA) court refused to order them.  Now some members apparently are resorting to self-help. PTI reports that on Sunday a violent clash between two groups broke out in the Gudwara parking lot as board members were leaving after a board meeting. Board members were attacked with shovels, broom handles and sticks as two groups of over 30 people clashed. The Sutter County Sheriff's Office is investigating.