Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami announced plans to construct a police station in Banbhulpura, Haldwani, where an illegal madrasa was recently demolished. Dhami emphasized that this decision aimed to convey a stern message to those involved in the violent unrest during the demolition drive.
Speaking at an event, Dhami stated, “Now, a police station will be constructed at the location where illegal encroachment was cleared in Banbhulpura, Haldwani. This sends a clear message from our government to the troublemakers and instigators that nobody who disrupts peace will be exempted. Uttarakhand has no tolerance for such troublemakers.” The demolition drive liberated several acres of land in the ‘Malik Ka Bagicha’ area of Banbhulpura.
The violence erupted on February 8, resulting in five fatalities and over 100 injuries to police officers as locals pelted stones and hurled petrol bombs at municipal workers and law enforcement. The situation escalated to the extent that many police personnel sought refuge at a police station, which was subsequently set ablaze by the mob.
Authorities have taken swift action, arresting 30 individuals on charges related to inciting violence during the demolition operation. Additionally, to ensure public safety, extra paramilitary forces have been deployed to Banbhulpura.
District Magistrate Vandana Singh revealed that in response to the unrest, 120 arms licenses have been revoked, and efforts are underway to apprehend those responsible for the rioting on February 8. During the chaos, police and municipal workers were assaulted, and vehicles were set on fire.
The decision to establish a police station at the site of the demolished madrasa underscores the government’s commitment to maintaining law and order. It serves as a proactive measure to deter future instances of violence and illegal encroachments in the region.