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Tensions in India’s Punjab state …

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on May 22, 2007

Sectarian tensions remain high in India’s northern state of Punjab as Sikhs demand an apology from a rival sect. The leader of Dera Sacha Sauda has denied committing blasphemy by dressing up as a Sikh guru for an advertisement. Sikhs have begun a general strike, with shops and schools closed and police restricting assembly to groups of five people or less. No clashes are reported in Punjab, following outbreaks last Thursday, but the Press Trust of India says Sikhs pelted police in Haryana, an adjacent state. Sikhs make up two percent of India’s population. In Punjab they form the majority.

(05/22/2007 – 11:00 UTC – © 2007 Deutsche Welle (

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