With the process of parliamentary elections coming to an end, the district police cracked down on the accused in the Bhai Rupa village clash over the disputed land with members of the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) team and arrested five of them on Tuesday night.
In the presence of senior police officials, the police arrested the accused including Harjinder Singh, Nand Singh, Ajmer Singh, Hardeep Singh Deepa and Sukhdev Singh.
A total of 16 people have been booked under Section 307 of IPC for attacking SGPC team members following a clash between them and villagers on May 7 over the ownership of 161 acres of land in the village.
However, angered over the arrest of the villagers, the residents under the banner of the Dhan Dhan Bhai Baba Roop Chandji Langar Sewa Society took out a protest march in the village in the presence of heavy police force, accusing the police of biased action.
The police force was deployed at all the entrance points to the village to stop the entry of people coming from outside to support the villagers.
Baldev Singh Bhai Rupa, district president of BKU (Dakaunda), alleged that some policemen came to the village on Tuesday night and took the five along with them in the name of signing some documents and then arrested them.
Questioning the working of the police as well the civil administration, he said that all have gone active to help the SGPC to usurp the land soon after the parliamentary elections, no action is being taken against those, who initiated the clash and disrespected the gurdwara by entering it with shoes on and arms in hands.
Meanwhile, the society, on Wednesday, started the religious ceremony of Akhand Path that will conclude on May 23.
Reiterating the villagers’ resolve not to allow the SGPC to take possession of the land, Baldev Singh said that the society would chalk out a strategy at a meeting after the conclusion of the Akhand Path. SHO, Phul, Gursher Singh said that the police were searching the remaining 11 accused in the case.
Importantly, the SGPC and the Langar Sewa Society had locked horns over the ownership of 161 acres of land in the village.
The SGPC claimed that the land belonged to it after the court orders whereas the society claims that the committee had won the case against the persons, who, in fact, were not the actual owners of the said land.