WHAT IS THE HISTORY OF CLASHES IN THE REGION?
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