After Sikh religious preacher Baljit Singh Daduwal was released from jail after about a month, his followers from Kotshamir village met the deputy commissioner of Bathinda, demanding handing over the gurdwara management to Daduwal.
A delegation of residents, including three villagers who have donated their land for setting up the gurdwara at Kotshamir near here- Balwinder Singh, Ugghar Singh and Mahinder Singh- demanded that as they had donated land to Jandalisar gurdwara, they wanted the management of the sacred place to be handed over to him.
Villagers alleged that SGPC member Amrik Singh Kotshamir, along with his supporters, was occupying the gurdwara illegally after Daduwal's arrest and the administration should help in handing over the management to Daduwal now.
Daduwal said residents wanted him to manage the gurdwara and blamed the policemen present there for desecrating the place, following which he had urged them to follow proper procedure for the purpose.
SGPC member Amrik Singh is looking after the Gurdwara after Daduwal's arrest and police force has been present at the gurdwara to assist him for the period Daduwal was locked in jail.
Amrik Singh, however, said a five-member committee had already been constituted to manage the gurdwara and there arose no question of handing over the place to Daduwal.
Additional deputy commissioner Sumeet Jarangal to whom DC Basant Garg reportedly marked the matter said he had not received directions in the matter and would look into it after he received orders.