With radical Sikh leader Baljit Singh Daduwal locked in jail for the past 10 days, Jandalisar gurdwara in Kotshamir, managed by him before his arrest, has been virtually taken over by a local member of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) and the policemen in civil dress bearing blue turbans and posing themselves as religious volunteers are allegedly assisting him.
After the arrest of Daduwal by Faridkot police on August 22, the gurdwara is being looked after by SGPC member Amrik Singh Kotshamir allegedly with the active involvement of cops in civil dress. Many of these cops were seen in blue turbans on Tuesday.
A group of people in the village has, however, raised an objection to the SGPC member taking control of the gurdwara.
A policeman present in the gurdwara said that 5-7 Punjab police cops in civil dress always remain present inside and outside the gurdwara. He said that these cops are deputed in shifts for this purpose. One of the cops admitted that he is posted in Kotfatta police station while another one is posted with the traffic police.
Meanwhile, Kotshamir said that they will be trying to hold a meeting in the village in the coming two or three days to form a committee that will look after the gurdwara. He denied that the SGPC has taken control of the gurdwara. He declined to comment on the presence of the police force in civil dress inside the gurdwara.
However, block samiti member from the village Gurjant Singh said that people who have donated the land for the gurdwara still are the owners of the land and land was managed only by th egurdwara.
He said that the villagers will not take part in any of the meetings on the gurdwara till the release of Daduwal. Interestingly, after the arrest of Daduwal, his name and phone numbers have been erased from the board alongside the road leading to the gurdwara. SSP Gurpreet Singh Bhullar did not pick his mobile phone, but SP (detective) Swaran Singh Khanna said that he will look into the matter.