Fighting erupts at Turlock’s Sikh Temple

Fighting erupted at the Sikh Temple in Turlock on Sunday, and city police as well as officers from surrounding agencies converged at the Fifth Street site to quell the disturbance.

The California Highway Patrol’s Modesto office sent four officers, and the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department sent seven to 10 deputies. Sheriff’s Lt. Marc Nuno said the fighting started when there were about 300 people gathered at the temple for a service.

Turlock police could not be reached for comment Sunday afternoon.

The temple has been embroiled in a lawsuit filed in 2013. The Stanislaus County Superior Court website states a judgment was reached Dec. 23 in the case but an opposition was filed Jan. 7.