Police officers, in plainclothes, could be seen trying to pacify agitated members from both sides. Media persons were also manhandled. Tension continued to prevail till the afternoon. No uniformed police personnel was present inside the complex.
Top SGPC functionaries, including its president Avtar Singh Makkar and Akal Takht Jathedar Gurbachan Singh, were present when the incident took place. The SGPC and the Akal Takht are likely to order a probe into the violent incident. Security personnel were deployed outside to control any untoward situation. The hundreds of devotees were not affected as the clash remained confined to a portion of the complex. The rush of devotees increased towards the evening, signaling normalcy.
Shops in the vicinity of the shrine remained closed June 6 following a bandh call given by radical Sikh organization Dal Khalsa. The police detained several activists for forcing the closure of shops. "The area around the Golden Temple complex had a curfew-like look. The situation looked tense," a local media person who witnessed the clash said. "The incident at the shrine is unfortunate. The Dal Khalsa had nothing to do with it," Dal Khalsa leader Kanwarpal Singh said. (IANS)