Haldwani Violence Revealed as Pre-Planned Attack with Rooftop Stone Collection, Confirms District Magistrate

Haldwani, India – The communal violence in Haldwani, India has been described as “pre-planned and unprovoked” by Nainital district magistrate Vandana Singh. The trouble began following the demolition of an “illegally built” madrasa in Banbhoolpura. The situation escalated into violence, with attackers using petrol bombs, firing at the police station, and setting vehicles on fire.

According to the district magistrate, the attackers had collected stones on rooftops before the attack began, indicating premeditation. Despite the efforts to peacefully carry out the demolition drive, the situation quickly turned violent, resulting in the death of two individuals, a revised toll from the earlier reported three to four deaths.

The police have arrested four individuals and identified over two dozen others who provoked the violence. Massive communal tensions gripped the Haldwani area, leading to the imposition of a curfew and a ‘shoot-at-sight’ order against the rioters. The district administration is taking a firm stance to quell the violence and prevent further unrest in the area.

The district magistrate emphasized that the demolition drive was carried out legally, without any steps that could have caused harm to life or property. Despite this, a large mob attacked the municipal cooperation team within half an hour, causing widespread chaos and injuries.

This violent incident has raised concerns about communal tensions in the region, prompting local authorities to take decisive measures to ensure the safety and security of the residents. The situation remains tense as the district works to address the aftermath of the violence and prevent any future escalation.