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Man, 23, arrested for brandishing swords in Canada gurdwara

The temple authorities released a statement, saying it was ‘an unruly group of non-society members inside the temple’.

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By: Shubham Ghosh

A MAN in his early 20s was arrested for allegedly making threats and brandishing two big swords inside a Sikh temple (gurdwara) in British Columbia in Canada.

Police officers responded to the incident that took place last week during an evening service inside the temple in Penticton, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said in a statement, according to a report by Indo Asian News Service.

One person was taken into custody and released later to attend Penticton provincial court on a later date, the report added.

Nobody was injured during the incident. A police probe was underway.

The temple authorities released a statement, saying it was “an unruly group of non-society members inside the temple”.

“This same group was recently barred from the Penticton Sikh Temple by the duly elected Committee,” the statement added.

“As a community-driven society, we take these acts of violence and threats seriously for the safety of our congregation and those in the community who attend the various programs hosted on site.”

Jesse Garcha from the Penticton Sikh Temple Society said additional safeguards were taken to ensure no such incident happened in the future.

“It is regrettable such an incident had taken place and as a Committee, we will ensure this Gurdwara will remain as a welcoming and safe place for the Penticton community,” Garcha said, news agency PTI reported.

(With agencies)

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