Chandigarh, November 21 Two years after the killing of Sant Ramanand at a Sikh temple in Vienna triggered rioting across northern India, the State of Punjab today told the Punjab and Haryana High Court that the police had identified 445 witnesses and recorded the statements of 258 persons. As many as 57 more arrests had been made for their alleged involvement in the violence, taking the total number of arrests to 115. A formal communication in the form of an affidavit was filed before the High Court by the state DGP.
Till September 20, as many as 58 persons had been arrested and 75 cases registered. Special investigation teams had been constituted at the district level for a thorough probe. A PIL had been filed in the matter by the Phagwara-based General Samaj Manch. (TNS)