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Haldwani, Uttarakhand — Video Of Police Action Against Stone Pelters Resurfaced With Communal Claims: Fact-Check 

A video of the altercation between demonstrators and security personnel has gone viral, with allegations that Muslim men and women in India were subjected to violent attacks by police when they attempted to speak out and protest against the demolition of a Madrasa.

Verified accounts on twitter, including @stairwayto3dom made the same claim that Muslim men and women were brutally attacked by police when they tried to protest against a Madrasa being demolished in India. The archive can be read from above.

What is the Actual Truth About this Incident? : Fact

This is an older movie that captures the police action against stone-throwers during the  Haldwani violence in February 2024. During protests against the demolition of an illegal Madrasa, these individuals engaged in throwing stone and arson. We visited India Today, which published an article on this incident on Feb 8, 2024 with the headline “Video: Demolition of illegal madrasa in Haldwani leads to stone-pelting, arson”. After an unlicensed madrasa was demolished, agitation erupted in Uttarakhand’s Haldwani, resulting in violent altercations between demonstrators and police. The demonstration turned violent, with protesters hurling stones and lighting vehicles on fire as they targeted a police station. Following a Supreme Court stay on the Uttarakhand High Court’s order to demolish over 4,000 homes on railway land, which had previously triggered demonstrations from nearly 50,000 villagers fearing displacement, there has been an upsurge in violence. sadhnanews24.com also wrote about this in an article published on Feb 11, 2024 with the heading “हल्द्वानी, बनभूलपुरा, अतिक्रमण ध्वस्तीकरण, दंगा, कर्फ्यू और गिरफ्तारी”. It added “Haldwani, the gateway to Kumaon, has been the center of Ganga-Jamuni culture for years, where humanity has been put to shame due to the recent riots, where on 8th February, there was an orgy of stones, petrol bombs, sticks and bullets.”. For more clarification, we also went to The Economic Times, which posted on this with the headline “Haldwani violence: Curfew imposed following stone-pelting, arson over demolition of illegal Madrasa” on Feb 8, 2024. Uttarakhand DGP Abhinav Kumar says, “Around 4 pm today, a joint team of District Administration and Police was conducting anti-encroachment drive in Banbhoolpura, Haldwani as per the Court’s order. Opposing that, a few anti-social elements pelted stones and caused arson.

Check out the Youtube Video:

D-Intent’s Fact-Checking Results:

Intent:

Propagandists are circulating old videos with false claims to defend illegal activities in India. A video that shows the clash between security personnel and protestors has been shared, claiming that Muslim men and women were brutally attacked by police in India when they tried to protest against a Madrasa being demolished. This footage, which dates back to February 2024, depicts police against the stone-pelters during the Haldwani violence. During the demonstrations over the closure of the illegal madrasa, these individuals engaged in stone-throwing and arson.

Conclusion:

Fact : The fact is that this is an old video showing police action against the stone pelters during the Haldwani violence in February 2024. These people were involved in stone pelting and arson during protests over the demolition of illegal Madrasa.

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