A delegation of residents of Bhai Rupa village met deputy commissioner Kamal Kishore Yadav and SSP Gurpreet Singh Bhullar on Saturday demanding cancellation of the FIR registered against 16 villagers, following a clash between the villagers and officials of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC).
Addressing a press conference, the villagers accused the SGPC of trying to grab the disputed land and asserted that they would not allow the SGPC to take possession of the land under any circumstances. If the committee, in collusion with the administration, tried to do so, they said they would fight against it tooth and nail.
Baldev Singh Bhai Rupa, a resident of the village, reiterated the allegations against the SGPC team for disrespecting the sacred place and attacking the village residents. He said that the police had booked the villagers but not the SGPC team for indulging in violence in the village.
He said that there have been reports of SGPC again trying to take possession of the land after May 16 with the help of the police force. But the residents would not allow this, he added.
SSP Bhullar said that he has assured the villagers that any action in the case will be taken after a thorough investigation into the matter.
Both the SGPC and the Dhan Dhan Baba Bhai Roop Chandji Langar Seva Society are staking claim over 161 acres of the land in village. The SGPC claims that land belongs to it after the Supreme Court verdict in their favour while the society claims that it is the actual owner of the land and not the heirs of Bhai Arjun Singh against whom the SGPC claims to have won the case.
A clash had erupted between the SGPC team and society members on Wednesday after the SGPC team tried to lease out the land for cultivation. As many as 16 residents have been booked under the attempt to murder charges in this connection.