As the tussle between the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) and the Dhan Dhan Baba Bhai Roop Chandji Lang ar Sewa Society in the Bhai Rupa village over the ownership of 161 acres of land continues, the SAD has extended support to the SGPC in the row and questioned the role of the police administration during the clash.
Education minister Sikander Singh Maluka, also district SAD president, who convened a meeting of as many as 13 SGPC members of Bathinda and Mansa districts here on Tuesday, said that the SGPC was the custodian of the Sikh culture and the SAD is with the organisation in the dispute.
Blaming the police administration for the clash a few days ago, he said that the policemen had failed to perfor m its duty properly as they were deployed at the site to ensure the safety of the SGPC team members during the leasing out of the land on Wednesday last, but it failed to do so and even the attackers have not been arrested so far.
The minister said that the land, that belonged to the SGPC as per the Supreme Court verdict in the committee’s favour, was leased out by the SGPC last year also, but this year, some antisocial elements with the aim of grabbing the land, are creating the problem. He said that as the police role in the whole episode is doubtful, the delegation of the SGPC members will meet the chief minister and demand an appropriate action against the police officials who, instead of acting against those who attacked the SGPC team, resorted to manhandling the team members.
He claimed that the majority of the villagers were with the SAD and the SGPC in the matter and said that chief minister Parkash Singh Badal will take a final call to resolve the matter.
SSP GS Bhullar could not be contacted despite repeated attempts.
Meanwhile, the residents of the village, who have got the support of several other organisations including BKU (EktaUgrahan), Punjab Khet Mazdoor Union, BKU (Dakaunda), held a meeting in the village to chalk out their strategy.
A member of the society Nand Singh said that the villagers in the meeting have resolved to stop the SGPC members from entering the village, who somehow want to capture the land.
A delegation of Mehraj village comprising members of the Sidhu community also met Maluka after the meeting and protested a g ainst the SGPC intervention. .
Devinder Singh Mehraj, former chairman of Rampura Phul market committee, said that the SGPC was adopting dual standards as, on the one hand, it was making all efforts to protect its land in Bhai Rupa village but, on the other hand, it has surrendered the SGPC land of Gurdwara Marhi Sikhan to the Bhullar community for electoral gains.
SGPC members were still holding a meeting with Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal in Badal village of Muktsar till the filing of the report. As per souces, the chief minister has called the deputy commissioner and the SSP to meet him over the issue.