Sunday, January 2, 2011

Jain Sadhvis Attacked by Jains!

Sadhvis attacked during clash between Jain groups

A clash was reported between two groups of a Jain Sangh at the Shahibaug area in Ahmedabad on Saturday afternoon.

The incident created commotion in the locality near Girdharnagar Shahibaug Jain Shwetambar Murtipujak Sangh (GSJSMS) and the police had to cordon off the area.

According to one of the groups involved in the dispute, around 20 sadhvis of their group were attacked and locked inside by the women of the opposite group in the Sangh building in the afternoon when the former group was performing some ritual.

GSJSMS manages the Jain Derasar at Shahibaug. Two groups related to the Sangh are involved in a long-drawn legal battle over the administrative control of the Sangh and its properties for the past one decade.

The police said the clash could well be the fallout of a tussle over gaining control of the administration and its properties.

Shahibaug Inspector V A Rahewar said: “The issue is going on for two days and on Saturday, it intensified over some arguments inside the Derasar. We are still to get a fix on the real problem, but it appears that both parties are fighting over some administrative and land issues.”

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