It is unclear what the reasons of the conflict were in either case.
At the Siri Guru Singh Sabha Sikh Temple in Glen Rock, New Jersey, a large police response pre-empted violence during an escalating incident:
According to Glen Rock Police Sgt. Dean Ackerman, a dispute over “an undisclosed internal matter” at the temple was peacefully resolved when temple-goers agreed to leave the Prospect Street temple grounds. The incident occurred during a religious service. Ackerman declined to comment on how the incident developed.
Unfortunately, the incident at the Gurdwara Sahib Turlock in central California deteriorated into violence, and was captured on video:
Many in our community would like to see these incidents swept under the rug and not spoken about out of fear that it would impact negatively on our collective reputation. However, these shameful acts at our Gurdwaras that violate the very spirit and tenets of the Sikh faith are intolerable, and thus must be exposed. It is us up to each of us to ensure that there is no place for those who seek to violate the sanctity of our places of worship.
I’m from Turlock and the issues being fought about are ridiculous and hardly warrant such embarrassing acts by our elders and community leaders. Even worse, this has turned into a fight between Gurdwara “parties.” Hoping for some sort of resolution.
It is about time to expose the Gurdwara bullies and thugs who terrorize and assisinate the character of their opponents. These Gurdwara gangsters, at Glen Rock and Richmond Hill Gurdwara are so malicious and revengeful that they spread rumors about decent and very well educated people to pull them down because they never did anything beyond high school and making money left and right through Gurdwara and gangs.