Nabha gur­d­wara mgmt ac­cuses Dharam­sot group of land-grab bid

Hindustan Times (Patiala) - - Ht Punjab -

A con­tro­versy has erupted over the con­trol of cashrich Gur­d­wara Sidhsar Sahib in the Nabha con­stituency with the gur­d­wara man­age­ment com­mit­tee ac­cus­ing a group backed by for­est min­is­ter Sadhu Singh Dharam­sot of try­ing to grab its land.

The com­mit­tee has also ac­cused the district ad­min­is­tra­tion of par­ti­san at­ti­tude in han­dling the is­sue. The gur­d­wara owns over 300 bigha land (60 acres) at Alo­ha­ran Khurd vil­lage.

Gur­d­wara com­mit­tee head Kash­mir Singh said se­wadar Narinder Singh is try­ing to take forcible pos­ses­sion of the gur­d­wara prop­erty at the be­hest of Dharam­sot.

Now, Sant Sa­maj, the Aam Aadmi Party and the Shi­ro­mani Gur­d­wara Par­band­hak Com­mit­tee (SGPC) have also joined the is­sue against Dharam­sot who is MLA from Nabha.

Ear­lier, Dharam­sot had hit the head­lines for threat­en­ing a Nabha prin­ci­pal. He had also an­nounced that he would not re­move red bea­con from atop his of­fi­cial ve­hi­cle when the Pun­jab chief min­is­ter had asked all min­is­ters and of­fi­cials to shun the use of bea­cons.

“The ad­min­is­tra­tion and the po­lice are sid­ing with the min­is­ter-backed group. On deputy com­mis­sioner Ku­mar Amit’s ad­vice, we handed over the gur­d­wara go­lak keys to Nabha sub-divi­sional mag­is­trate (SDM) and the po­lice, but the other group party took away all cash the next day. How did they get the keys which we had given to the SDM?” said Kash­mir Singh.

“A group of more than 40 peo­ple led by Narinder formed a par­al­lel com­mit­tee and trust by forging sig­na­tures. Even af­ter open­ing go­lak, no money has been de­posited in the gur­d­wara ac­count,” he al­leged.

He claimed the in­cum­bent com­mit­tee mem­bers were re­ceiv­ing death threats from the past few days for not al­low­ing the ri­val group to har­vest paddy crop on the land.

“The mat­ter was re­ported to the civil and po­lice ad­min­is­tra­tion but no ac­tion has been taken so far,” he said.

DC Ku­mar Amit said, “Since the mat­ter is sen­si­tive, we will try to get it re­solved am­i­ca­bly between the two par­ties.”

Dharam­sot said, “It is mat­ter between two gur­d­wara trusts and I had only asked to re­solve the is­sue am­i­ca­bly. Nei­ther I nor any of my sup­porter vis­ited the gur­d­wara in the re­cent past and have not even met any of trus­tees,” Dharam­sot said.

Sant Sa­maj head Baba Sarab­jot Singh Bedi, SGPC mem­ber Kar­nail Singh Pan­joli and AAP leader Joga Singh Cha­par said they will take up Dharam­sot’s mat­ter with CM Capt Amarinder Singh.

It is mat­ter between two gur­d­wara trusts and I had only asked to re­solve the is­sue am­i­ca­bly. Nei­ther I nor any of my sup­porter vis­ited the gur­d­wara re­cently. SADHU SINGH DHARAM­SOT, Pun­jab for­est min­is­ter

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