The dispute over a piece of land at the Ram Tirath Temple was resolved on Wednesday evening when the Amritsar rural police brokered a compromise between the two warring factions.
While the Punjab and Haryana High Court had ruled in favour of one of the petitioners, Mahant Baldev Giri, the two sides — the other being Mahant Malkeet Nath of the Bhagwan Valmiki Dhuna Sahib Management Trust — have agreed to jointly control the land. The trust has the support of the Valmiki community in the state.
As per the compromise, both sides will get posession of the parts of the land demarcated in their favour. Mahant Giri had attempted to get posession of the land after legal orders in his favour but had failed on 15 occasions.
The compromise comes in the wake of fresh orders from the Punjab and Haryana High Court, which had directed the Amritsar Police to take over the possession of the property on September 8.
“The decision about the possession was taken on Tuesday evening,” said a senior administrative officer of Amritsar. Sources said that on Tuesday, top political leaders of the Valmiki community were called to Chandigarh to engage various organisations opposing the possession. After various rounds of talks, sources added, that the leaders of the community had even assured the government that they would raise the issue of possession.
On Wednesday, Amritsar Rural police peacefully got possession of the land but not before ensuring that those who could create a law and order situation, were sent out of the area. Police had not acted on September 8 owing to the presence of large number of people from the Valmiki community at Amritsar.
DSP Jagat Preet Singh said that possession has been taken in a peaceful manner as a compromise had taken place between both the parties which will have their possession now on their respective areas as per the compromise.