Greenwood Sikh temple brawl injures 3 in Indiana, US




A brawl at a Greenwood Sikh temple in suburban Indianapolis left three people with minor injuries, police said Sunday.

Police and medics were called to the Gurdwara Sikh Temple in Greenwood at around 3 p.m. after receiving a report of a large disturbance.

Authorities told Fox 59 the brawl was sparked by an election to determine the temple’s new leadership and said those in power apparently did not want to step aside.

No arrests were made as a result of the brawl and no weapons were recovered.

Police are reviewing surveillance video from the temple and interviewing other participants in the fight.

Greenwood Police Department Assistant Chief Matt Fillenwarth said three or four people suffered minor injuries in the fight, which stemmed from a disagreement over leadership elections.

Dispatchers said more than 100 people were involved in the fight, but Fillenwarth said it was likely that only a few people actually traded blows.

Worshipers use ceremonial swords as part of the service, but Fillenwarth said it was not clear if anyone used a sword in the fight.

The elections can get heated, Fillenwarth said, noting that police have been called to respond to fist fights at the temple in the past.

A disagreement over leadership after a Greenwood temple’s elections Sunday afternoon turned into a huge brawl that injured multiple people.

Shortly before 3 p.m. multiple law enforcement agencies were called to the Gurdwara Sikh Temple in the 1000 block of South Graham Road on a report of a large disturbance with weapons, dispatchers said.

Temple member Gurpreet Sing said that no weapons were involved and that to his knowledge most injuries were just “bruises and minor cuts.”