Sikh protest over holy scriptures

Trouble broke out during a protest involving hundreds of people relating to the placing of Sikh holy scriptures in a multi-faith building.

There were reports of minor injuries during the incident, which lasted for several hours on Sunday at the Ek Niwas centre in Blakenhall, Wolverhampton.

The incident, in Dudley Road, ended when protesters walked out with the scriptures, it is believed.

West Midlands Police said the trouble was quickly contained.

Meeting due

Community leader, Dr Sadhu Singh, said a number of meetings were held in the summer and an agreement was reached to return the holy scriptures to India.

But another volume was then placed in a room.

Police said they were called to a protest in the afternoon, which was initially peaceful but minor disorder broke out at about 1600 GMT.

A spokesman said: “Officers quickly contained the disorder and a crowd of approximately 400 people remained until 9pm when they began to disperse.

“Officers continued to monitor the area through the night but the situation remained peaceful.

“Police are speaking to both sides of this dispute and a meeting is due where it is hoped that the situation can be resolved.

“West Midlands Police will work with the communities it serves to resolve this situation speedily and amicably, but will not allow disorder of any sort to be used to achieve aims.”

Dr Singh said: “The temple is just down the road, a couple of hundred yards.

“Any believer in (the) Sikh faith could go to the temple. There’s a library there and the temple is open virtually around the clock.”

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