North India

4 killed, over 300 injured in violence in Uttarakhand over madrasa demolition

Haldwani: At least four people were killed and over 300 injured in the violence-struck Banbhoolpura area in Uttarakhand’s Haldwani city, Nainital District Magistrate Vandana Singh said.

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The deceased were identified as Johny and his son Anas, Aaris and Faheem.

The curfew will remain imposed in Haldwani city till further orders.

After several establishments, including a mosque and a madarsa, which were illegally constructed on government land, were demolished in Banbhoolpura on Thursday, enraged locals pelted stones on police personnel and mediapersons.

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Several police personnel sustained injuries in the attack, sources said. The mob also damaged a JCB machine and set 70 vehicles afire, after which authorities imposed a curfew in the area and gave shoot-at-sight order.

Taking note of the violence, Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami convened a high-level meeting over the violence and appealed to the people to maintain peace.

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