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Violence Erupts in Uttarakhand After Demolition of Mosque

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Violence Erupts In Uttarakhand After Demolition Of Mosque

At least four people have died in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand after violence erupted in Haldwani town. The unrest followed the demolition of a mosque and an adjoining religious school during an anti-encroachment drive. Authorities claim that the structures were illegally constructed on government land. However, Muslims who frequented the mosque argue that they were unfairly targeted.

The clashes broke out on Thursday evening, with hundreds of protesters and police personnel injured. Videos circulating online depict protesters setting vehicles ablaze and throwing stones, while police respond with tear gas. The situation became so severe that a curfew was imposed and a “shoot-at-sight” order issued.

According to District Magistrate Vandana Singh, the demolition was carried out following a high court order to clear illegal settlements in the area. Singh maintains that the drive was not targeted toward any specific community. However, locals refute these claims and argue that the mosque was demolished before the court could provide a final verdict.

Such confrontations have become increasingly common, and tensions have risen between Muslim groups and the Hindu nationalist government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Muslims accuse the government of religious polarization and feel unfairly targeted. Although the government denies these allegations, the timing of the incident, just months before the general elections, raises concerns.

As a result of the violence, a curfew has been imposed in Banbhoolpura, and internet services were temporarily suspended. Schools in the area will remain closed, and additional police personnel have been deployed to maintain order.

Meanwhile, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami has appealed for calm and strict actions against those responsible for the unrest. The state government has requested additional police forces from the Ministry of Home Affairs to assist in the situation.

Rachel Adams

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