BRAWL: Multiple stabbings at Sikh temple rumble in northern California

Published: November 13, 2012

The Tierra Buena Sikh Temple in Yuba City, Calif. Submitted photo

VANCOUVER DESI

A brawl reportedly linked to a power struggle among a Sikh temple’s directorship resulted in two men being stabbed and several others injured Saturday night, according to an in-depth article by Rob Parsons of the Appeal-Democrat.

Reportedly, more than a dozen other people were also pepper-sprayed outside the Tierra Buena Sikh Temple in Yuba City, Calif.

“It’s the worst thing that’s ever happened here,” said Dave Chima, a temple director. “It’s just awful.”

“It’s so, so sad, the group came to attack the people,” said Tejinder Singh Dosanjh, another director.

Besides the fact there have not been arrests, also of concernt is that it remains unclear who was responsible for the clash. Dozens of witnesses told police wildly differing stories.

According to the Appeal-Democrat article, violence erupted around 6:45 p.m. as a board of directors meeting ended at the temple in the 2400 block of Tierra Buena Road, witnesses said.

As some directors left through the north parking lot, they were confronted by group of men and attacked with shovels, broom handles and sticks, according to multiple witnesses.

“They jumped on us with sticks when we were walking to our cars,” said Surjit Bains.

There were also multiple reports of firearms being drawn, though no reports of gunfire.

“It was a plan, they had a plan,” said Jasbir Bains, who said his brother was one of the men stabbed.

At some point during the fighting, someone showered as many as 15 men with pepper spray.

A large number of women and children were still inside the temple during the incident.

Deputies could not confirm the identities of the victims or suspected attackers. Investigators struggled to sort out conflicting accounts. “What happened depends on which group is telling the story,” Niswonger said. “Both sides are saying they were attacked.”

Tags:





Featured

Surrey

Surrey mayoral candidates trade jibes over closed-door meetings

Ex-Mayor McCallum calls out opponents Hepner and Rasode for ‘hypocrisy’ LARISSA CAHUTE VANCOUVER DESI With the Surrey election months away, the mudslinging has already begun….
Continue Reading »

India's Supreme Court stays death penalty of man convicted in rape-murder of four-year-old. PNG Archive

Former Abbotsford Hindu priest jailed on sex charges denied parole

Karam Vir is serving a 21/2-year sentence JENNIFER SALTMAN VANCOUVER DESI A former Hindu priest from Abbotsford who was convicted of sex crimes involving two…
Continue Reading »

India pachydermal love story

Indian elephant heartbroken after partner’s death

VANCOUVER DESI An elephant in India has been diagnosed with a broken heart after its partner died on Tuesday, according to the Hindustan Times. The…
Continue Reading »

LOCAL NEWS

Surrey

Surrey mayoral candidates trade jibes over closed-door meetings

Ex-Mayor McCallum calls out opponents Hepner and Rasode for ‘hypocrisy’ LARISSA CAHUTE VANCOUVER DESI With the Surrey election months away, the mudslinging has already begun….
Continue Reading »

India's Supreme Court stays death penalty of man convicted in rape-murder of four-year-old. PNG Archive

Former Abbotsford Hindu priest jailed on sex charges denied parole

Karam Vir is serving a 21/2-year sentence JENNIFER SALTMAN VANCOUVER DESI A former Hindu priest from Abbotsford who was convicted of sex crimes involving two…
Continue Reading »

Police tape

Woman found dead in Abbotsford park identified as Mission resident

JENNIFER SALTMAN VANCOUVER DESI Abbotsford police have identified a woman found dead in Mill Lake Park on Wednesday morning as a 36-year-old Mission resident. The…
Continue Reading »

Don't Miss...

India-rape-protest

Minor allegedly raped by temple priest in southern India

HINDUSTAN TIMES An 11-year-old girl was allegedly raped by a temple priest in Bangalore on Tuesday, less than a month after a seven-year-old was raped…
Continue Reading »

10448541_801823293184201_5325323972611294529_desi

Miss Diva 2014 gears up for auditions

IANS New Delhi – Miss Diva, that was launched last year as an official franchise from India for Miss Universe, is set to start auditions…
Continue Reading »

Scene from Airtel's latest commercial. YouTube/Screengrab.

Indian telecom company’s not so progressive ad featuring a “boss wife” causes Twitter reaction

IANS New Delhi  – Is a woman who calls the shots in the office then goes home to cook for her husband – who’s also…
Continue Reading »

child death

Toddler falls into pot of boiling syrup, dies

  IANS New Delhi – A three-year-old boy died after he fell into a pot of boiling sugar syrup, police said here Wednesday. The child,…
Continue Reading »

Merritt music festival

Headdresses banned from Merritt music festival out of respect to First Nations

LARISSA CAHUTE VANCOUVER DESI An electronic music festival this B.C. Day long weekend in Merritt has banned native headdresses from its campgrounds. “Bass Coast Festival…
Continue Reading »


Bollywood Latest

SALMAN KHAN

Kick: Salman Khan, Sajid Nadiadwala kick up a storm

SUBHASH K. JHA IANS  Film: “Kick”; Cast: Salman Khan, Randeep Hooda, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Jacqueline Fernandez; Director: Sajid Nadiadwala; Rating: **** “Kick toh banta hai,…
Continue Reading »

Anish_Paris_2_small

Indian author pens sequel to Jeffrey Archer’s ‘First Among Equals’ for Bollywood film

SUBHASH K. JHA IANS  Mumbai – In what must qualify as a first in the field of literary adaptations, author-columnist Anish Trivedi has written a…
Continue Reading »

Shah Rukh Khan

Shah Rukh Khan joins hands with Indian TV channel to host Indian version of “Got Talent”

IANS Mumbai – Superstar Shah Rukh Khan has joined hands with Hindi general entertainment channel Colors for his return to the small screen. He will…
Continue Reading »