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Uttarakhand Violence: Two Dead After Clashes in Haldwani, Section 144 Imposed

The violence in Haldwani broke out during the demolition of a madrasa in a anti-encroachment drive.

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At least two people were killed in the violence that broke out in Banbhoolpura area in Uttarakhand's Haldwani on Thursday, 8 February, after local authorities attempted to demolish a madrasa in an anti-encroachment drive.

Three others are said to be critically injured, Nainital District Magistrate (DM) Vandana Singh said in a press conference on Friday, 9 February. A total of three FIRs have been lodged and four accused have been taken into custody, she added.

Locals allegedly pelted stones and torched several vehicles when the authorities approached the madrasa to demolish it. The structure has reportedly been sealed after being declared "illegal" by the Municipal Corporation and was demolished later on Thursday as part of the anti-encroachment drive.

In response, police fired tear gas and lathicharged the mob. Shortly after, the district administration imposed Section 144 in the violence-hit area and were ordered to shoot rioters on sight.

Internet services have also been suspended in Banbhoolpura by the Nainital district administation.

"The situation in the town is under control with curfew imposed and around 1,100 police personnel deployed there," Senior Superintendent of Police Prahlad Meena was quoted as saying by PTI on Friday.

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What Did Uttarakhand CM Say?

"In Banbhoolpura area of Haldwani, a team from the administration had gone for an anti-encroachment drive, following Court's order. Anti-social elements there entered into a brawl with the Police. A few police personnel & administrative officials sustained injuries," Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami said, as quoted by news agency ANI.

"Additional companies of Police and Central Forces are being sent there. We have appealed to everyone to maintain peace. Curfew is in place. Strict action will be taken against rioters and encroachers who committed arson," he added.

Meanwhile, Uttarakhand DGP Abhinav Kumar said, "MHA has made 4 companies of additional central forces available to us. CM called an emergency meeting at his residence sometime back...As of now, the situation is under control."

"In the days to come, the people behind the incident will be identified and action will be taken against them," he added.

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