All but one of the “bladed weapons” seized after 55 people were arrested at a protest at a Sikh temple were ceremonial, police said.
Armed officers surrounded the Gurdwara Sahib in Leamington Spa after reports men entered the building in a row over inter-faith marriages.
The Sikh Federation pressure group said the Sikh community had concluded Warwickshire Police had “overreacted”.
Officers “assessed the situation and responded accordingly,” the force said.
A statement from Sikh Youth UK said its members were peacefully protesting against an inter-faith marriage that was to be carried out as a Sikh marriage at the temple.
Fifty-five men, aged between 17 and 39, were arrested on suspicion of aggravated trespass.
One of them – a 39-year-old from Birmingham – was also arrested for causing racially aggravated fear or provocation of violence by words.
Warwickshire Police said a “significant number of bladed weapons” had been seized.
The force later confirmed the majority of these were Kirpans – one of the five physical symbols of faith worn by Sikhs.
A Warwickshire Police spokesman said it responded to a report a group of masked men, initially thought to be about 20, who had forced their way into the temple.
He said: “These were reported to be carrying a range of bladed items, some of which were initially described as not being for ceremonial use.
“Blades seized so far have been ceremonial. Another non-ceremonial weapon was seized.”
He said police would be investigating the initial claim that other weapons were involved.