Nathpura May 19:
Tension gripped village Nathpura, about near 30 KM from Bathinda after the supporters of Dera Sacha Sauda allegedly tried to set the village Gurudwara on fire and pelted stones last night at the granthi's house inside the complex.
However, the fire was doused without causing much damage as the granthi Gurmel Singh immediately sent an SOS through Gurudwara public announcement system and a large number of villagers, many equipped with arms, rushed in and extinguished the flames outside the shrine.
Narrating the incident this morning, granthi Gurmel Singh said he woke up last night after about a dozen person pelted the Darbar Sahib shrine and his house with stones. However, when he challenged them, they fled but before fleeing they allegedly put petrol on a Dari (Cotton carpet) lying outside after keeping it on the gate of the shrine.
The gate was badly damaged due to the fire, addded Gurmel Singh. As per village sources, out of the 400 families in the village, about 100 families are followers of the Dera Sacha Sauda. After the incident, tension was palpable in the village. As the news spread, a large number of outsiders also started gathering in the village to protest against the alleged attempt by Sauda supporters to burn the Gurudwara.
In view of the fluid situation, a large number of police force, including some senior officials, also reached the village. A case has been registered against unknown persons and investigations were on. Meanwhile, various sikh organisations today held a protest march at Rampura Phul and warned the Dera supporters to resist from such activities.