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Clashes over control of gurdwara in California, 2 stabbed

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Washington, DC: Two men have been stabbed outside a gurdwara in California and more than a dozen people pepper sprayed in violent clashes that broke out between two groups over a power struggle to control the shrine.

According to an eyewitness, violence erupted outside the Tierra Buena gurdwara in Yuba City of California at about 6:45 p.m. (local time) on November 10, when the meeting of its board of directors ended and some of the directors were leaving the parking lot.

Details of the incident were not available as the matter was under investigation.

The board members leaving the parking lot were apparently confronted by a group of men and attacked with shovels, broom handles and sticks, as two groups of over 30 people clashed with each other. Later both sides claimed that they were attacked by the other group.

The ugly event was the latest chapter in the power struggle for the gurdwara. This past September, five board members of the 73-member board had sought to force the new election, which was denied by a Sutter county judge.