After the Punjab and Haryana high court order to get a piece of land, on which a Sikh museum has been built, freed of encroachment, the owner has placed a statue of chief minister Parkash Singh Badal upfront to save the property from demolition.
The 2-acre land on Balongi road belongs to Greater Mohali Area Development Authorities (GMADA), whose officials are now caught in a Catch-22 situation.
The owner of the Sikh museum, Parwinder Singh, says he was given the land by the Balongi panchayat. "If the officials want to demolish the museum, they will have to start with the CM's statue," he said. Singh who hails from Buterla village in Sector 41, Chandigarh, has been propagating Sikh history through sculptures for the past 12 years.
Speaking to HT, Parwinder Singh said, "I had built CM's statue in 2011 and have worked extensively creating statues from Sikh history. Now they want the land vacated and I have no space to keep these statues. They will have to start the demolition with the CM's statue or they can give me option to shift the museum."
Formally a scooter mechanic, Parwinder has been designing sculptures of Sikh martyrs made of fibreglass to educate people about the Sikh history. He had also founded the Sikh Heritage and Cultural Society in 2003.
Meanwhile, the officials too are cautious and don't want any controversy while getting the land vacated. They reportedly are having parleys with the owner to find a solution, which has eluded them till now.
GMADA estate officer Rajdeep Kaur said, "We are trying to get the land vacated without any confrontation but the owner seems to be playing it smart. I tried to give him a personal hearing, but to no avail. The issue will be resolved soon."
GMADA officials said the said land was meant for graveyard and it was in illegal possession for long. They also ruled out the possibility of compensating Parwinder. "He has a factory in Ram Darbar and can easily shift the sculptures there," a official said.