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Amarinder given a difficult choice

punjab Updated: Dec 20, 2013 23:32 IST
Kamaldeep Singh Brar
Bathinda

He belongs to the Sidhu clan but it would be difficult for former chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh to support it openly in the gurdwara-land dispute at Mari Sikhan Wala near his ancestral village, Mehraj, in this district.


Sidhu-Brar and Bhullar, both Jatt Sikh communities, are making claims to the land. Appealing to Amarinder's family association with the gurdwara, Sidhu-Brars seek his intervention to restore the land to the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC). "You are the successor of Baba Mohan, whose generations have ruled Nabha, Jind, Kaithal, and Patiala by the blessings of sixth Sikh Guru Hargobind Sahib," reads the memorandum that the Sidhu-Brar Bhaichara Welfare Committee submitted to Amarinder on Thursday during his visit to his ancestral village.

"The Sidhus and Brars defeated Bhullars' ancestor Jaid Purana in a battle after he disobeyed the advice of Guru Hargobind to live in peace and harmony. The gurdwara at Mari Sikhan Wala was dedicated to Guru Hargobind by your ancestor Maharaja Karm Singh (1798-1885). In 1933, the British registered it in the name of the SGPC," reads the memorandum.

The SGPC has won the court battle but the state government has not allowed it to manage the property, as prohibitory orders are in force since an aggressive agitation by 'Bhullars, Kaur Singh, general secretary of the Sidhu-Brar committee has said. "Captain Amarinder Singh stayed near the gurdwara on Thursday evening. We gave him the memorandum at Mehraj village and he visited the gurdwara on his way back to Patiala. We told him it was his duty to preserve the history of his ancestors."

The Bhullar community representatives accepted that Guru Hargobind had been a witness to their battle with Sidhu-Brars. "Jaid Purana was married to a woman of the Bhullar community and he died in the battle. The gurdwara is 9 km from the disputed site," said Maghar Singh, treasurer of the Bhullar Bhaichara committee.