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18 persons face charges in Greenwood Gurudwara brawl

July 03, 2018 11:12 AM

Punjab News Express/Balbir Singh
INDIANAPOLIS: Amardeep Singh and Harpreet Singh have been charged with misdemeanor battery resulting in bodily injury and disorderly conduct on April 15 inside the Greenwood Gurudwara (Sikh temple). Sixteen more persons have been booked by Johnson County Prosecutor’s Office for disorderly conduct
Those facing charges for misdemeanor disorderly conduct are Karanajit Mann , Rupinderjut Singh, Jaswinder Singh, Gurpreet Grewal, Jagir Singh, Jasdeep Singh Pawra, Parmdeep Singh, Daljit Singh, Jatinder Mindha, Satnam Singh, Gurnam Singh, Rubaldeep Pawra, Balbir Singh, Baljinder Singh and Balwinder Kahkh.
According to Fox59.com the Johnson County Prosecutor Brad Cooper the charges have been filed after meeting with Sikh Gurudwara leadership and several members who helped to pin point those seen fighting on surveillance video.
"The charges come two and a half months after the brawl that drew every law enforcement officer in the county. Temple members and Greenwood police investigators say the brawl started as a dispute over temple leadership," according to Fox59.
The free for all brawl left a number of devotees with injuries, including a 13-year-old girl who was pepper-sprayed in the face, and a man who was stabbed with a spear in the back of his shoulder.
Greenwood Police had asked the prosecutor to file charges against four individuals they had identified in the surveillance video. "At that time, Cooper said he wanted to identify everyone involved in the fight before filing charges," Fox59 quoted as saying Cooper disclosed that his meeting with concerned gurdwara leadership was instrumental in being able to identify them.
Family members of the girl who was pepper-sprayed, as well as other temple leaders, say the filing of the charges comes as a relief. They had grown frustrated with the lack of charges two months after the brawl, fearing that it sent the wrong message that people could get away with violence without consequences., reports Johnson County Prosecutor Brad Cooper.
Those temple members now say the filing of charges sends the appropriate message: that those who perpetrate violent acts will be held accountable.
The cases are now being sent to Johnson County Magistrate court for review before hearing dates will be scheduled. Cooper says more people could be charged in the case as more potential suspects are identified.
Meanwhile, Sikhs Political Action Committee President Gurinder Singh Khalsa, who is touring Gautemala, said "it is great relief for the victims and for the Sikhs community of central Indiana. Special thanks to the police department and the prosecutor of the Johnson County for pressing these charges against the culprits of the brawl who did this shameful act at the place of worship. This is a great massage to all those culprits."
Nawab Heer commented on Facebook "...This should act as eye opener for future gurudwaras -- Kabja Party."

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