Two units of CPMF reach violence-hit Haldwani town

Two companies of the Central Para Military Forces (CPMF) have reached Uttarakhand‘s Haldwani town, which witnessed incidents of violence on February 8 after the demolition of an “illegal” madrassa.

On Saturday, the state government had requisitioned four companies of CPMF to maintain law and order in the Haldwani town. Uttarakhand’s chief secretary Radha Raturi had written a letter to the Union home ministry in this regard.

“Two companies of the ITBP arrived on Sunday evening. The CPMF would be deployed in Haldwani. Four companies of CPMF have already been camping there,” IG Nilesh Bharne, spokesperson of the Uttarakhand police told this reporter.

Violence erupted in the Banbhoolapura area of the Haldwani town after a team of administration, including government officials and policemen, demolished illegal structures, built on government land, including a madrassa on February 8. The administration claimed that the attack on the government officers and policemen was “pre-planned”. The miscreants set several vehicles on fire, besides attacking the police station in the area.

Chief minister Pushkar Singh Dhami on Sunday reiterated his statement that the state government would ensure strict action against miscreants who were involved in this incident.

Officials said that 25 people have been arrested so far. They added that 7 country-made pistols and 54 live cartridges have been recoevered. Officials said 99 live cartridges which were allegedly looted from the local police station were also recovered. On Saturday, the government ordered a magisterial probe into the incident. The administration is already examining the video footage, captured by the CCTVs, to identify the miscreants.

On Sunday, the district administration resumed the functioning of the Primary Health Centres and other medical facilities in the violence-hit Banbhoolapura area. LPF cylinders were also distributed among the people who required it. However, curfew remains in force in Banbhoolpura area while it has been lifted from other parts of Haldwani town.

The violence in Banbhoolapura area claimed six lives while several persons received injuries.

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Harry Byrne

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