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  • Haldwani DM says the drive did not target anyone
  • Vandana Singh said the attack was planned

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Haldwani's district magistrate Vandana Singh said that the events leading up to the violence in the district were planned, and added that the police were deliberately targeted despite not using any force on the public  

'Planned' violence in Haldwani killed 2, DM Vandana Singh clarifies

Haldwani's district magistrate Vandana Singh on Friday said that the demolition drive was not targeted towards a particular community and that the people were given notice and ample time for a hearing. Addressing a press conference a day after the violence, Singh that the attack on the municipal team and the police was planned.

"Despite carrying out the drive unprovoked, unharmed, a large mob gathered within half an hour and pelted stones at the municipal corporation team. Stones were raining from all sides. In the video that we showed, you can see that there were no stones. So, when the whole process was going on, stones were collected. This means that the whole attack was planned.

The violence erupted on Thursday evening after the municipal officials razed down a madrasa and a mosque that allegedly stood on Nazul land in Banbhoolpura area in Haldwani district. A Nazul land is a government-owned property that is taken up on a lease.

"It is an empty property that has two structures, which is not registered as a religious structure, or has been given any such recognition. Some call the structure a madrasa," Singh said.

Earlier reports claimed that four people died and at least 100 police officers were injured. However, DM Singh clarified that two people were killed in the violence.

Meanwhile, a shoot-at-sight order has been issued and a curfew has also been imposed in the violence-hit area. Schools and colleges for all classes have been shut down.

Also Watch: Haldwani tense after 4 killed, 100 injured in clashes over demolition of madrasa


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