Khalistan slogans were raised soon after Giani Gurbachan Singh read a public message on Monday morning.
The prayer ceremonies started off peacefully, but tension increased at Sri Darbar Sahib complex when some people among the devotees also raised anti-Badal slogans.
SAD (Amritsar) chief Simranjit Singh Mann sat away from the crowd after he complained of uneasiness due to suffocation. His supporters, however, continued to raise slogans against Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal.
When Singhs spotted some Akali leaders, including MP Ranjit Singh Brahmpura, his son and MLA Ravinder Singh Brahmpura, MLA Virsa Singh Valtoha and Harmeet Sandhu near the Akal Takht, they started raising slogans against the government. It resulted in a tiff between some Singhs and Akali supporters. Soon after, Akali leaders moved out of Sri Darbar Sahib. There were also allegations of manhandling. Amritsar police commissioner Amar Singh Chahal completely denied it, saying, “Nobody was manhandled. We have a CCTV footage to prove Yes, verbal tiff did take place.”
Amidst the scuffle, the turbans of MLAs Virsa Singh Valtoha and Harmeet Sandhu came off as they were heckled by supporters of the SAD (Amritsar). The MLAs were escorted to safety by security men.