After Sikh preacher and a member of the executive committee of the Haryana Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee Baljit Singh Daduwal was granted bail by the Punjab and Haryana high court and is expected to be released from Faridkot modern jail on Thursday, heavy police force has been deployed at the gurdwara Jandalisar in Kotshamir.
Apprehensive that Daduwal's return to the gurdwara may lead to tension between warring groups in the village, heavy police force has been deployed surrounding the area to avoid any law and order issue. Before his arrest, Daduwal managed the gurdwara for over seven years.
After Daduwal's arrest in August, local Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee member, Amrik Singh Kotshamir, along with his supporters, had taken over the management of the gurdwara, claiming people did not want Daduwal to return to the sacred place.
When contacted on Wednesday, Amrik Singh said a five-member committee of village residents had been constituted to manage the affairs of the gurdwara. He said Daduwal would be allowed to pay obeisance at the gurdwara just like any other devotee but would not be allowed to stay there.
Ajaib Singh, a member of the committee also echoed Amrik's sentiments and said Daduwal would not be allowed to stay at the gurdwara. Daduwal's belongings are still in the gurdwara and his room was locked after his arrest.
Daduwal was arrested by Faridkot police, along with two of his supporters, on the intervening night of August 21-22 in a five-year-old attempt to murder case in Faridkot district. Police had also slapped a case under the Arms Act claiming recovery of nine 'illegal' weapons (seven rifles and two pistols) and about 300 cartridges. He was granted bail in the Arms Act case by the Faridkot court.
Later, he was taken on a production warrant by Mansa district police by opening a 2011 attempt to murder case but was later granted bail.
SP (headquarters) Jasvir Singh said the police force had been deployed as a routine affair and no extraordinary deployment had been made.