Uttarakhand madrasa demolition: More than 50 police officers were injured in a clash with a mob in Haldwani, Uttarakhand while attempting to demolish a madrasa that the authorities had declared illegal.
The Vanbhulpura mob threw stones at the demolition crew in protest. All of them are being treated at a local hospital. Shoot-at-sight orders have been issued in the area, and security has been increased.
Aside from the police, a team of administration and civic officials had gone to the madrasa, which has an adjoining prayer area.
According to sources, when the JCB machine began to run, a crowd of “unruly elements” faced the officials, throwing stones from a distance. Aside from police officers, several administration officials and journalists were injured. The vehicles parked outside the police station were set on fire.
Speaking about the incident, Uttarakhand CM Pushkar Singh Dhami says, “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.”
“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 & encroachers who committed arson,” he added.
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