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Haldwani Violence: Magisterial Inquiry Ordered After Incident in Banbhulpura Police Station Area

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Dehradun, EW News: In the wake of a violent incident that unfolded in the Banbhulpura police station area of Haldwani city, Uttarakhand, the state government has taken decisive action. Chief Secretary Radha Raturi has instructed the Commissioner of Kumaon Division, Deepak Rawat, to conduct a thorough magisterial inquiry into the matter. The incident occurred following an anti-encroachment drive in Haldwani’s Banbhoolpura area, resulting in five fatalities and several injuries.

The situation escalated rapidly after the demolition of an “illegally built” madrasa, leading to clashes and unrest. In response, authorities have arrested five individuals and named 19 others in three FIRs registered against both named and unidentified persons involved in the violence. The FIRs were filed promptly after the incident, and the police have emphasized that the situation is now under control.

The Chief Minister, Pushkar Singh Dhami, visited Haldwani to assess the situation firsthand. He condemned the attack on police personnel, including women officers, during the anti-encroachment drive. Dhami expressed concern for the injured police officers, administration officials, municipal corporation personnel, and journalists. He assured that all available video footage and evidence would be used to identify those responsible for breaking the law and damaging government property.

To maintain peace and order in Banbhoolpura, the Chief Minister has directed the ADG Law and Order, AP Anshuman, to camp in the affected area. Stringent action will be taken against unruly elements involved in attacks on law enforcement and administration officials. The magisterial inquiry, led by Commissioner Deepak Rawat, aims to provide an impartial investigation report within 15 days, shedding light on the events that transpired in Haldwani. The government remains committed to ensuring justice and preventing further unrest in the region.

The curfew in Haldwani, which was imposed following the recent violent clashes in the Banbhoolpura area, has been partially relaxed by the Uttarakhand administration. While the situation remains closely monitored, certain restrictions have been eased to facilitate essential activities. However, internet services remain suspended ,and schools and colleges remain closed during this period. Authorities continue to maintain vigilance to ensure public safety and prevent any further escalation of tensions.

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