8 Arrested In Sword Fight At Sikh Temple In Queens

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A weekend brawl involving cricket bats and swords at a Sikh temple in New York City led to riot and assault charges against eight people.

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

“They attacked everyone.  A lot of people cut, they are some in the hospital,” Raghbar Singh told CBS 2’s John Metaxas.

Gurmaj Singh, the current temple president, said the attackers used musical instruments, swords, bats and metal rods against worshippers in the temple.  Paul Singh, 16, said the weapons were hidden near the altar before the apparent premediated attack.

“They were very scared and they were screaming when they were running out,” Raghbir Singh said.

The dispute is at the center of a lawsuit in state Supreme Court. Many blamed a former president of the community for instigating the violence because of opposition to opening up membership.

“It’s very bad, very shameful. This is a place of worship. We should not have any fight like that,” Raghbir Singh said.

Ten people were injured in the melee including a police officer. None of the injuries were life threatening.

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

Did you witness the brawl? Leave a comment below…

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  1. Roy says:

    In what era, are these people living?

  2. Jassi says:

    This is a big shame. This a place to pray not to fight but jarnail the formal president of this gurudwara is a gangster he brings drunk people, swords and bats to fight. He is using gurudwara’s money for his business. Jarnail is a big shame on sikh religion.

  3. Khalsa Nave says:

    Attacker want to control this Temple, As there are Millions of Dollar , that they stole from this Temple, and Now when , Mr Jarnail singh Tried to Protect this SIKH TEMPLE and GuruDwara’s Money from these people , THEY want to klll EVERY ONE .

  4. Tinku says:

    Shame on you idiots for doing all this drama in a Gurdwara. You have issue with each other, fight outside and leave people alone who have come to pray and find some peace. Shame on you idiots. It’s another instance where india government is playing tricks behind the door to show Sikhs in bad light to keep world diverted away from active Sikh genocide taking place in india in last 27 years.

    1. Khalsa Nave says:

      This Ragbbir singh and other one showing the wound is seen in attacked , !
      What a crooks !

    2. Balli says:

      “Active genocide taking place in India in last 27 years”!!! Really???
      You totally brainwashed extremist!! There are millions of Sikhs living all across India who would beg to differ with you. I know many many Sikhs in India who are very prosperous, well established & live in a free society. There are Sikh gurdwaras all over India, not just in Punjab. Wake up you idiot, and stop preaching your hate.

  5. George says:

    I cannot believe the comments. Americans are totally out of it. No wonder we are in dire straits. Get with it idiots. Our free world is about to crumble and you all have contributed to it. Duh! You better learn to speak Chinese.

  6. Rodin says:

    “Nothing fails like prayer.”
    – Annie Laurie Gaylor
    Freedom FROM Religion Foundation

  7. nyc says:

    With our open boarders we have let into the US the lowest of the low human beings .Un educated and non professional s that will work for any small amount of money .These people don’t even like America in many cases. As a New Yorker my entire life, I miss the American personality the most !! It’s gone and will not be back unfortunatly.

    1. I hate cricket says:

      it’s BORDERS you .Un educated dimwit

    2. perminder says:

      but you already had the lowest of the low human beings like oklahoma city bomber colunbine shooter virginia tech shooter arizona shooter and so on dont be mad about that because those kind of people live in every society

  8. HooDatIS? says:

    I thought it was a free sword fight
    i pulled up a chair grabbed me some pop corn and enjoyed
    when is the next show?
    i love sword fights
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  9. paulieeee says:

    Un-american ideals?
    I suppose in this day individualism is un-american amongst you fascists. What happened to the american ideals of a fair trial? I see 7 people arrested here.. Why is the whole Sikh community on trial in your minds? What have they done?

  10. ztuck says:

    TJ and any other ignorant person reading this article—–If you truly believe this is the land of the free, then all different groups should be allowed to live here and be Free…Also, I will buy you a ticket to get out, the USA is already full of ignorant people and one less couldnt hurt….It is the ignorance of people like you that is making the USA go down hill….Just because someones religion or language is different, doesnt make it bad or wrong…it just makes it different….Why dont you educate yourself about the world and get some culture and try to look outside of the little box you have been living in your whole life

    1. jerseyjoey says:

      You are a shinning example of what is wrong with America, so you think freedom is tollorance of lawlessness, paalease your just a frustrated liberal who knows that liberalism is wrong, by the way i bet your one of those bush haters who cried and blamed all rep and conservs for everything, well hows it feel being done back at you, huh huh Ha thought so, only thing different this time is we are right and your showing you true colors as wrong and intollorant of opinions that differ from yours. You see Lemming im not affraid to say the black dog is a black dog, You liberals are.

      1. just sayin' says:

        you’re (not your) a shining (shinning?) example of what America has become – angry idiots who cannot even freakin spell (tollorance??) What a bloody idiot. My “family values” as a conservative white male (well, nah..) places some value on “our” supreme intellect and education. Now here you go and ruin it.

      2. RECORD STRAIGHT SETTER says:

        STOP STEALING MY LINES JOE…
        YOU AREN’T SMART ENOUGH TO USE THEM.
        YOU’RE JUST ANOTHER STUPID ANGRY WHITE MAN WHO THINKS THE WORLD WOULD BE A BETTER PLACE WITHOUT PEOPLE OF COLOR.
        YOU THINK IT’S OKAY TO KILL INNOCENT PEOPLE FOR MONEY AS LONG AS THE KILLERS ARE WHITE AND THE VICTIMS ARE NOT.
        IF THERE WERE ONLY WHITE PEOPLE AROUND THERE WOULD BE THE SAME AMOUNT OF CRIME BECAUSE GREED HAS NO COLOR IDIOT.

      3. Wiggum, PI says:

        joisey,

        I loved “the shinning” episode of the Simpsons! Point: joey.

  11. jerseyjoey says:

    Like i said Over And Over Again, This is the workings of liberals and their degenerated way of doing things, if you want to place blame then put it where it belongs, with your lemming liberals and thier mindless minions in Gov. I tend to agree with TJ and his Posting, nothing better than saying it as it is, kudos TJ.

    1. knowhatimsayin? says:

      oh, geez. Sorry…..your name says it all. Glad i am outta queens and spend little time in joisey.

  12. H. Thomas says:

    Unfortunately, this is what happens when America refuses to be American. Individuals from other countries come here and establish their unruly ways on American soil, and then the wimps of liberalism run back and forth in confusion trying to figure out what to do. This is America, you break the law with lawlessness, you go to jail. Period

    1. ur cuzzin vinny says:

      Yeah. Let’s bring the Klan down or some goombas from 101st Avenue. We’ll break some freaking heads. Aint gonna tollorare all dat unamerican lawlessness

  13. tj says:

    Am I really looking at this picture of a Sikh center with not a word of ENGLISH on it in the United States of America? Violence on our soil should never be tolerated. Not religious, not gang related, drug related etc. Deport, Jail, Hang and remove. Plain and Simple. This is the land of the free, and if you dont like our peaceful way of living then GET OUT. I will buy the bullet, the plane ticket, or the shovel to bury you. Live in peace, learn English, pay your taxes, watch out for children and be an upstanding respectable citizen. or again………, GET OUT!

    1. S S says:

      Hey
      Taki it easy. Dont try to show ur patriotism here. who r u to kick them out. This country is equal for everyone. And regarding plane tickets, U will go bankrupt buying tickets for all of them.
      ok

      1. Khalsa Nave says:

        In one way , Most of them Illegal or Got Green card by Marry innocent , Guyanese ladies , when they have wife and kids in india.
        ( The Guy who came to attack , Got Green card By false pretense , By marrying Guyanese lady , when he has wife and kids in India, Now after divorcing, and showing he is remarried to old wife , bought family to USA , FBI Watch ICE , Check the Attacker History and Bring his to Justice )

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  15. Avi Rosenthal says:

    They should close down this Temple….too much violence

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