Angry passengers relieved the Japanese captain of control of the ship, but the Canadian government ordered the harbour tug Sea Lion to push the ship out to sea.
Bhagwaan Singh Giani was head priest of the Gurdwara in Vancouver and had been one of three delegates sent to London and India to represent the case of Indians in Canada.
Ghadarite literature was disseminated on board and political meetings took place on board.
His aim was to help his compatriots whose previous journeys to Canada had been blocked.
Though Gurdit Singh was apparently aware of regulations when he chartered the ship Komagata Maru in January 1914, he continued with his enterprise to challenge the continuous journey regulation in the hopes of opening the door for immigration from India to Canada.
While Prime Minister of Canada Robert Borden decided what to do with the ship, the Conservative Premier of British Columbia, Richard Mc Bride, gave a categorical statement that the passengers would not be allowed to disembark. Stevens worked with immigration official Malcolm R. Meanwhile, a "shore committee" had been formed with Hassan Rahim and Sohan Lal Pathak.