Violence in Uttarakhand following death of a local BJP leader

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Kaladhunghi (Uttarakhand), Aug 23(ANI): Violence was witnessed in Nainital district of uttarakhand on Sunday following death of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Balawant Singh, which occurred on Saturday.

Singh was allegedly shot dead by an activist of Bahujan Samjaj Party (BSP).

BJP supporters went on a rampage, torched police station, vandalized property and damaged dozens of vehicles.

Uttarakhand's Principal Secretary Subhash Kumar said punitive action has been taken against erring officials.

"The officials, be it Station House Officer, Sub-Inspector or constable, who were there at the time of the incident have been suspended. We don't have such information (death of police personnel in violence), though the protestors have blocked road at two places," Kumar said.

"They have set property on fire in the police station, have even burned one or two buses and damaged light vehicles. Now the situation is under control, protestors have opened the blockades and kin of the deceased have taken his body for cremation," he added.

Kumar further said that a constable was injured in the violence. (ANI)

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