Uttarakhand: Shoot-on-sight order issued after violence erupts in Haldwani

Uttarakhand: The state government has ordered authorities to shoot rioters on sight. The decision was taken after, Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami conducted an emergency meeting to scrutinize the escalating situation. 

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Uttarakhand: Hours after the demolition of 'illegal' madrasa in Uttarakhand's Haldwani, violet communal tension gripped in as anti-social elements threw stones at police officials and set vehicles on fire on Thursday. The state government has ordered authorities to shoot rioters on sight. The decision was taken after, Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami conducted an emergency meeting to scrutinize the escalating situation. 


Pushkar Singh Dhami convened an emergency meeting to assess the escalating situation, with Chief Secretary Radha Raturi, Director General of Police Uttarakhand Abhinav Kumar, and ADG (Law and Order) AP Anshuman in attendance.

Dhami stated that the administration's actions were prompted by a court order as they undertook an anti-encroachment operation in the area.

“Anti-social elements there entered into a brawl with the Police. A few Police personnel & administrative officials sustained injuries. Additional companies of Police and Central Forces are being sent there. We have appealed to everyone to maintain peace. Curfew is in place. Strict action will be taken against rioters and encroachers who committed arson,” he told ANI.

SSP Prahlad Meena clarified that the demolition of the madrasa occurred after prior notification to residents. The demolition was overseen by Municipal Commissioner Pankaj Upadhyay, City Magistrate Richa Singh, and SDM Paritosh Verma, he added.

Situation is under control: Uttarakhand DGP

Uttarakhand DGP Abhinav Kumar stated, "At present, the situation is under control. Several police personnel and administration officials have been injured and hospitalized. No fatalities have been reported yet. The situation remains tense but manageable. In the coming days, those responsible for the incident will be identified and dealt with accordingly."