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Four killed, 250 injured in Uttarakhand violence, shoot-at-sight orders issued, curfew imposed

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HALDWANI: Four people were killed and 250 people sustained injuries in a clash that broke out after an illegally constructed madrassa and a masjid building adjacent to it at Haldwani in Nainital of Uttarakhand, were demolished. Following widespread violence, curfew has been imposed. The government has issued shoot-at-sight orders against the rioters. Internet services also have been banned.


The municipal corporation officials accompanied by policemen demolished the illegally constructed madrasa near Vanbhulpura police station. However, soon after this, the people residing nearby attacked the officials. People burnt the vehicles of the police station. Later a clash broke out between the crowd and the police. As the mob surrounded the police station, local representatives, media persons, administration officials and municipal workers got trapped inside the station.


The curfew was issued after Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami held a meeting with top police officials. About 50 policemen were also injured in the violence. Senior superintendent of police Prahlad Meena said that the madrasa, which was built illegally on government land, was demolished following a court order. The crowd pelted stones at the officials and media.


The assailants burnt many vehicles. It is reported that after the demolition of the madrasa, many including women damaged the barricades and clashed with the police. The chief minister informed that more police and central forces have been deployed to restore law and order in the area. Shops and schools are closed in the area. Many people injured have been admitted to the hospital.

The Nainital district administration has come forward with an explanation for the demolition of the madrasa. The district magistrate said the action was not aimed at anyone. The action was taken following the order of the high court. The government also clarified that it should not be portrayed as a communal conflict.


The Uttarakhand High Court yesterday heard the PIL seeking to stop the demolition of the madrasa, but did not grant relief. The madrasa was later demolished. The case will be heard again on February 14.

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