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Who is Abdul Malik, key accused in Haldwani violence?

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Haldwani violence: A prominent figure within the local community, Abdul Malik, who Uttarakhand police say is the mastermind of the Haldwani violence, was also active last year when he provided free legal assistance to families facing eviction during a Railways demolition drive.

The mosque and madrasa, whose demolition spiralled into violence last week, were run by Malik. State police have so far refrained from commenting on his whereabouts.

Nainital Senior Superintendent of Police Prahlad Narayan Meena had earlier said that the “illegal construction” had been carried out by Malik, and he had also led the protests against the demolition.

Talking to The Indian Express, High Court lawyer Ahrar Baig, who is one of the two counsel in a family’s petition against demolition, said, “Last year, when eviction notices were served to families in the Banbhoolpura area following an order by the Uttarakhand High Court, Malik provided free of cost legal assistance to several people. That provided him a huge amount of public sympathy.” (THE NEW INDIAN EXPRESS)

57 Days ago