On Thursday night, the district administration imposed a city-wide curfew in Haldwani and authorized shoot-on-sight orders over violence during an anti-encroachment operation in Banphoolpura.
‘Shoot on sight’ orders following violence over demolition of madrassas and mosques in Haldwani, Uttarakhand
The situation escalated when residents of the area allegedly pelted stones at an anti-encroachment team of the Haldwani Municipal Corporation when they arrived to demolish an “illegal” madrassa and mosque in Malik ka Bagicha. Despite the riots, demolition continued.
Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami held an emergency meeting and a curfew was imposed in Haldwani until further notice, with exceptions for medical emergencies and essential services.