'Shoot-at-Sight' orders enforced in Uttarakhand

In a recent altercation in Haldwani, Uttarakhand, more than 50 police officers were injured during a confrontation with a mob while attempting to dismantle an illegal madrasa. The clash erupted when authorities, backed by a team of administration and civic officials, arrived to execute the demolition order.

Shoot-At-Sight Orders Issued

Following the clash, authorities have escalated security measures in the area, issuing shoot-at-sight orders to quell potential unrest. Reports indicate that as the demolition operation commenced with the use of heavy machinery, the situation escalated rapidly. A group of individuals, described as “unruly elements,” began pelting stones at the officials, leading to injuries among law enforcement personnel, administration officials, and journalists present at the scene. In response, the police deployed tear gas, further intensifying the violence.

Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami emphasized that the demolition was carried out in accordance with a court order to dismantle illegal structures. He condemned the involvement of “anti-social elements” in the clash and assured additional deployment of police and central forces to restore peace in the area. Expressing concern over the incident, Dhami urged the public to maintain calm amidst the heightened tensions, emphasizing that strict action would be taken against those resorting to violence and unlawful activities.

Illegal Structures Demolished

Municipal Commissioner Pankaj Upadhyay reiterated the illegality of the madrasa and the adjacent prayer site, emphasizing that the municipal corporation had previously seized the land and sealed off the unauthorized constructions. Today’s demolition marked the culmination of efforts to remove these structures deemed illegal by the authorities. Upadhyay affirmed that measures were underway to identify and apprehend the individuals responsible for inciting violence during the operation.

In response to the escalating situation, the Chief Minister convened a meeting with senior officials, including the Chief Secretary and the Deputy Commissioner of Police, to assess the security situation and devise further strategies to maintain law and order in the region.

This clash underscores the challenges faced by authorities in addressing illegal constructions and the subsequent tensions that can arise during enforcement actions. The government’s swift response to restore order reflects its commitment to upholding the rule of law while ensuring the safety and security of all citizens.

By adhering to legal procedures and employing necessary measures to prevent disruptions, authorities aim to mitigate future conflicts and uphold the principles of justice and governance in the region.

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William Murphy

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