Haldwani: Four killed over 250 injured in violence after Madarsa demolition

In a shocking turn of events, a demolition drive targeting an ‘unauthorized’ madarsa in Haldwani has resulted in the tragic loss of at least four lives and left over 250 injured.

The incident, which occurred on Thursday night has sent shockwaves through the community, sparking demands for a thorough investigation into the circumstances surrounding the demolition.

According to local authorities, the demolition drive was carried out by the municipal corporation after it was discovered that the madarsa had been constructed without obtaining proper permits and violating building regulations. The city administration had served a notice to the responsible individuals, demanding the removal of the unauthorized structure.

Early in the morning on Thursday a team comprising municipal corporation officials, accompanied by police personnel, arrived at the madarsa premises to carry out the planned demolition. As the demolition work commenced, a tense atmosphere prevailed, with the affected community opposing the move and leading to clashes between protestors and law enforcement personnel.

During the course of the clashes, violence erupted, leading to tragic consequences. Reports indicate that amid the chaos, authorities used force to disperse the crowd, resulting in the loss of four lives.

The incident has sparked outrage among locals, with various religious and social organizations condemning the excessive use of force during the demolition process. They are demanding a thorough investigation into the matter to identify the causes behind the unfortunate deaths and to hold those responsible accountable.

The local administration, in a bid to restore calm and address the situation, has ordered an immediate probe into the events leading to the tragic outcome. The state government has expressed deep condolences to the families of the deceased and assured that lawful action will be taken against individuals found guilty of any wrongdoing.

Meanwhile, security has been heightened in the area to prevent any further clashes and maintain peace. The local police have been instructed to maintain law and order and ensure the safety of residents during these tense times.

The incident has raised questions about the need for a comprehensive evaluation of demolition procedures and the primacy of preservation of human life, even amidst legitimate administrative actions. As the investigation unfolds, it is hoped that justice will be served, and steps will be taken to prevent such incidents from recurring in the future.


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