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Wild Brawl at NYC Sikh Temple: Swords, Knives, & Cricket Bats

"They tried to cut my arm off..."

It was a turf war -- Sikh style.

A wild brawl broke out Sunday in Queens, NY after a rival Sikh group stormed a temple during prayers claiming they were the rightful leaders. And they brought some weapons to do their talking: swords, knives, and cricket bats.

Police were present at the temple during the fight, as the attackers had vowed to show up with force. But for some reason the mob made it past police and were let in. And that's when utter pandemonium broke out, with some men swinging swords and others brandishing brass knuckles.

After the fact, seven men were arrested. The New York Post filed a video report from the scene:

This is the raw video:

The New York Post reports:

The alleged attackers -- armed with at least one sword about 40 inches long, and another sword, according to a witness -- were part of the old guard that had been recently voted out of power but refused to accept the decision, even going to court to challenge the election.

"We just went to pray," said M.K. Singh, who received stitches and staples to close a head wound. "We walked inside, and they started attacking.

"They cut me. They tried to cut my arm off, but the sword got caught on [something]. I'm very lucky."

New temple President Gurmej Singh said he and his supporters had come to pray despite knowing there could be trouble.

Police had been deployed outside the two-story center in case anything happened, but the violence broke out inside.

The attackers brought the long sword and at least one other blade, as well as a hammer, mallet and cricket bats to the temple at 101st Avenue and 114th Street at around 11 a.m., witnesses and police said.

Three people were reported injured, including a cop who tried to intervene, police said.

The attackers vowed to show up again next week.

(H/T: Daily Mail)

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