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Shoot on sight orders, police brutality in Uttarakhand’s Haldwani after demolition of Madrasa sparks protest

Curfew has been imposed in Uttarakhand’s Haldwani, shoot at sight orders issued after clashes broke out between protestors and Police when the authorities demolished a Madrasa adjoining mosque citing it illegal in the Banbhoolpura area on Thursday.

Protesting the demolition, multiple women and men gathered outside the mosque and Madrasa’s three acres of land which was taken in possession and sealed by the Municipal Corporation citing it as “illegal”, three days ago.

Multiple residents, mostly women got injured as police lathi-charged and fired rubber bullets, and tear gas shells at the citizens to “control the situation.”

Some policemen are also reported to be injured.

Residents claim that male police officers also misbehaved with the protesting women and further unleashed brutality. 

Uttarakhand chief minister Pushkar Singh Dhami has called for a meeting with senior officials, reports said.

A transformer was also said to be set on fire by the unidentified mob, resulting in a massive fire.

Several journalists and residents were also detained by the police after the clashes and released later.

In the latest internet has also been suspended in the area. 

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