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4 killed, over 250 injured in Uttarakhand violence; curfew imposed, schools shut, Internet snapped


New Delhi, Feb 9: At least four people are dead and over 250, including 100 cops, were injured in widespread violence over the demolition of an illegal madrasa and an adjoining mosque in Uttarakhand’s Haldwani.

The violence broke out in Haldwani on Thursday when several establishments, including a mosque and a madarsa, which were illegally constructed on government land, were demolished.

The situation, however, turned violent after the mosque and the madarsa were razed in the Vanbhulpura area, as enraged locals pelted stones on the police personnel and mediapersons.

Several police personnel sustained injuries in the attack. The mob also damaged a JCB machine and set a number of vehicles on fire.

Shoot-on-sight order has been issued while a curfew has also been imposed in the violence-hit area.

Internet services and schools are shut in light of the violence.

Taking note of the violence, Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami convened a high-level meeting as he appealed to the people to maintain peace.

Haldwani Mayor Pankaj Upadhyay said the madarsa and mosque were illegally constructed.

Heavy deployment of police personnel has been made in the city.

The Northlines is an independent source on the Web for news, facts and figures relating to Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh and its neighbourhood.

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