Dhian Singh Mand, the interim jathedar appointed by the organisers of Sarbat Khalsa at Chabba village near Amritsar in November last year, along with two of his associates, including Mohkam Singh and Paramjit Singh Jejeani, were taken into custody while entering Punjab from Shambu border by Patiala police on late Sunday night.

The arrested persons were booked under Sections 107 and 151 of the CrPC at the Shambu police station and were produced before the sub-divisional magistrate (SDM), Rajpura, from where they were sent to the judicial custody.

Jagtar Singh Hawara, a convict in the Beant Singh murder case, was elected as the jathedar of the Akal Takht, but due to his confinement, Mand was appointed as the acting jathedar till the release of Hawara. Dhian Singh was returning from Delhi after his religious visit to Takht Patna Sahib, Bihar and Takht Hazoor Sahib, Maharashtra with his associates. It is said they were heading towards Amritsar to pay homage at Darbar Sahib and Akal Takht Sahib. After their arrest from the border, the Shambu police immediately shifted them to Ghanour police station, from where they were produced before the court in the morning.

Mand, other appointed jatherdars and his associates were to begin Punjab tour from May 10, for their next announced Sarbat Khalsa gathering.