The Banbhoolpura area in Haldwani experienced a surge of violence during an anti-encroachment operation, resulting in the tragic deaths of four individuals and injuries to over 100 police officers, according to a senior official. In response to the unrest, the district administration decided to suspend internet services and close all educational institutions. As a precautionary measure, the Uttarakhand government has placed the state on high alert. Prior to this, four paramilitary force units were swiftly deployed to Haldwani in the Nainital district after the outbreak of violence in Banbhoolpura. Additionally, two units of the Provincial Armed Constabulary from Udham Singh Nagar were dispatched to Haldwani, as confirmed by Inspector General Nilesh Anand Bharne, the spokesperson for Police Headquarters. Singh Nagar has already reached Haldwani."
Following orders from the District Magistrate, a curfew has been put in place in Banbhoolpura. Additionally, a shoot-on-sight command has been given against those causing disorder. Earlier today, the Director General of Police in Uttarakhand, Abhinav Kumar, disclosed that a request had been made to the Ministry of Home Affairs for additional central paramilitary personnel. "At approximately 4 pm today, a combined team of the district administration and police were conducting an operation to remove illegal encroachments in Banbhoolpura, Haldwani, in accordance with a court order. Some troublemakers opposed the operation and threw stones at the officials, causing arson. It was also alleged that they fired at the police using unauthorized firearms," stated DGP Kumar. "The state government has also urged the MHA to deploy additional police forces. Thus far, the MHA has provided us with four companies of additional central forces," Kumar added.