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Sword fight at NYC Sikh temple

2011-04-26 19:28

New York - A brawl involving cricket bats and small swords at a Sikh temple in New York City has led to riot and assault charges against seven people.

Police say the defendants interrupted prayer services at the Baba Makhan Shah Lubana Sikh Centre in Queens on Sunday. They were arraigned on Monday.

Temple president Jamail Singh told the Daily News that the fight was instigated by a dissident group of followers who are opposed to opening up membership.

The dispute is at the centre of a lawsuit in state Supreme Court.

Some of those arrested on Sunday also were charged with disrupting a religious service.