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17 held, 400 booked after sword wielding mob attack cops at gurdwara

Mumbai: At least 17 persons were held and 400 booked after a huge sword-wielding mob, mostly Sikhs, attacked policemen, injuring at least four of them, in Maharashtra’s Nanded on Monday.

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The incident took place outside Nanded Gurdwara yesterday with assault and vandalism carried out by the mob after permission was denied to hold a public procession in the area due to the coronavirus pandemic, an official said.

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“Seventeen persons have been detained by Nanded police in connection with the assault on policemen& vandalism outside Nanded Gurdwara yesterday [Monday]. Police registered FIR under charges of rioting & attempt to murder against several unknown persons,” police officials told ANI.

A viral video showed a sword-wielding mob barging out of the Nanded gurdwara, breaking the barricades put up by police and attacking the policemen.

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Several vehicles were also damaged in the violence.

“Permission for the Hola Mohalla public procession was not granted due to the pandemic. The gurdwara committee was informed and they had assured us that they would abide by our directives and hold the event inside the gurdwara premises,” Nanded Range DIG Nisar Tamboli told PTI.

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