Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind condemns Haldwani police action

Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind president Maulana Arshad Madani on Monday condemned the police action in Haldwani and claimed that the report submitted by a delegation of Muslim bodies was “extremely painful”. According to their report, the protesters were treated differently “on the basis of religion”.

As per media reports, as many as 50 people have been arrested in connection with the violence after the demolition of a supposedly “illegal” madrasa in Haldwani, Uttarakhand on 8 February, leading to clashes that resulted in the deaths of six people, and injuries to several more. According to some reports, cases have been registered against more than 5,000 unidentified individuals.

MadaniĀ alleged that the police were arresting people by “crossing all limits of cruelty and abuse”, even breaking down doors and forcibly entering houses. A series of videos have also emerged on social media platforms, apparently featuring victims of police action who claim they were physically assaulted by police personnel who forced their way into homes.

“We have also written to the Uttarakhand DGP yesterday (11 February) demanding immediate attention in this regard. Not just the abuse of innocent citizens but also the nefarious series of arrests that have started should be stopped immediately,” MadaniĀ told the Hindustan Times.

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