Chandigarh: The Punjab and Haryana High Court has directed Punjab police to arrest all those involved in riots which broke out in the state after Guru Sant Ramanand was killed in Vienna, Austria.

The court in its order expressed its disapproval over not taking action against the guilty.

In an affidavit filed by Director General of Police (DGP) in the high court, it has been stated that police have arrested 140 people in connection with the riots. The affidavit further reads that 752 witnesses have also been identified by the police.

In total, 75 cases were registered at different places against the people involved in the riots. The cases were registered in Jalandhar, Hoshiarpur, Kapurthala, Ludhiana and Amritsar.

In May 2009, Indian Sikh Guru Sant Ramanand’s death in Austria had sparked massive riots and protests across Punjab.

The Punjab Government had to seek help from Indian Army to control riots in the state which led to the death of two persons.

(JPN/Bureau)