WHAT IS THE HIS­TORY OF CLASHES IN THE RE­GION?

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - - HTPUNJAB -

If one takes note of the his­tory of clashes in the re­gion, most of them were be­tween the Ravi­das­sia com­mu­nity and Jat Sikhs. In 2009, the two com­mu­ni­ties clashed af­ter the mur­der of a leader of Dalit-dom­i­nated dera Sachk­hand Bal­lan in Vi­enna, Aus­tria. The dera is known as ‘mecca’ of the Ravi­das­sia com­mu­nity that re­acted strongly to the killing al­legedly by Sikh ex­trem­ists.

In 2003, a cur­few was im­posed and heavy dam­age to the gov­ern­ment prop­erty was wit­nessed af­ter the two com­mu­ni­ties clashed to take con­trol of a gur­d­wara at Tal­han vil­lage of Ja­land­har district. Ear­lier, the Ravi­das­sia com­mu­nity used to preach Guru Granth Sahib, the Sikh holly book, but af­ter the 2010 clashes, the com­mu­nity un­der the ban­ner of Dera Bal­lan

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