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Golden Temple Massacre Anniversary: India's Sword-wielding Sikhs Clash In Amritsar (PICTURES)

06/06/2014 13:45 BST | Updated 06/06/2014 14:59 BST

This is the dramatic moment a violent sword battle broke out at India's Golden Temple during a special prayer ceremony to mark a government massacre that took place there 30 years ago.

The dramatic clashes marred the anniversary of the notorious army raid – operation Blue Star – which was carried out to flush out the Sikh militants from the shrine.

Two groups of Sikhs sporting blue and saffron turbans appeared to chase each other with swords on the marbled staircase of the revered shrine in Punjab state.

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According to reports, the fight broke out over who would speak first at the ceremony at Sikhism's holiest temple and that a scuffle broke out involving a microphone.

At least two people were reportedly wounded in the violence at the temple in the city of Amritsar.

"Today we were supposed to have a solemn remembrance for the martyrs of 1984, so what has happened is very sad," Prem Singh Chandumajra, a spokesman for Punjab state's ruling party Shiromani Akali Dal, told reporters.

"The Temple has once again been dishonoured today," he added.

Sword fight at India’s Golden Temple on raid anniversary