Haldwani: 1 more dead as a Muslim citizen succumbs to injuries

The 50-year-old reportedly died of gunshot injuries sustained during the police firing; meanwhile 36 people in all have been arrested out of the 5,000 noted in FIRs

Per chief minister Pushkar Singh Dhami's orders, Banbhoolpura now has a makeshift new police station in a tent (photo courtesy @PyaraUKofficial/X)
Per chief minister Pushkar Singh Dhami's orders, Banbhoolpura now has a makeshift new police station in a tent (photo courtesy @PyaraUKofficial/X)
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One more person injured in the Haldwani violence died during treatment at a hospital here on Tuesday, 13 February, the police said.

Nainital senior superintendent of police (SSP) Prahlad Narayan Meena said that 50-year-old Mohammad Israr, who had sustained a gunshot injury in the violence, died at the Sushila Tiwari Hospital, where he was under treatment.

His body has been sent for post-mortem, Meena told a press conference here. The death of one more person takes the number of people killed in the clashes to six, he added.

Though six bodies had been recovered a day after the clashes, the top state officials had put the death toll in the 8 February violence in the town at five.

The SSP had earlier on Sunday, 11 February, told the reporters that the sixth body bearing a bullet wound had been found 2–3 km away from the scene of the clashes and could be unrelated to the incident.

The arrest of six more persons takes the total number of people held in connection with the violence to 36 meanwhile, the police said.

Meanwhile, the security was tightened on Tuesday in Banbhoolpura, a day ahead of a hearing in the Uttarakhand High Court on a petition challenging the Municipal Corporation's notice for demolition of the Madrasa and prayer site inside it which had sparked violence in the area.

Banbhoolpura, which was the epicentre of the clashes, has been under curfew since February 8.

In the February 8 rioting, the police personnel and the Municipal Corporation workers were attacked and a police station was set on fire.

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