Intra-sikh clashes shut down Gurdwara near Brussels


Belgian authorities have ordered the closure of a gurdwara for an indefinite period, saying it poses a security threat after a dispute between Sikh groups, media reports said today.

Hans Bonte, Mayor of Vilvoorde town, has ordered the closure.The town outside Brussels has only a dozen Sikh residents but because of the town’s central location the Vilvoorde gurdwara is well frequented, said the VRT news outlet.

Several groups at the gurdwara were at loggerheads on Sunday that prompted authorities to send police to the area.

Intra-sikh clashes are not unknown and are generally related to ‘power, money and ego’ as one worshipper mentioned without disclosing his name.


Photo: A Sikh Family caught in Brussels Attack