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Haldwani Violence Mastermind Abdul Malik finally nabbed from Delhi

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By Arun Pratap Singh
Dehradun/Haldwani, 24 Feb: Full 16 days after the violence in Haldwani that occurred in Banphulpura area of Haldwani city on 8 February and a huge manhunt by 6 separate teams of Uttarakhand Police, Haldwani violence mastermind Abdul Malik has finally been arrested by the police from Delhi.
It may be recalled that the police were continuously searching for him after the violence on 8 February. Six teams had been constituted and sent to various places in UP including Bareilly and in Delhi in his search. Malik, his son Moeed and wife Safia Malik have been absconding from the crime scene.
Interestingly, the news of arrest of Malik was first leaked by three lawyers representing Malik who had moved the court today for his anticipatory bail. The lawyers Ajay Bahuguna, Shalabh Pandey and Devesh Pandey had sought an anticipatory bail for Abdul Malik and his son. For several hours allegedly after the arrest of Abdul Malik, the Nainital Police did not confirm the news but the lawyers kept on claiming that Malik had been nabbed from Delhi by Uttarakhand Police. Incidentally, anticipatory bail is usually sought before a possible arrest not after the arrest as then only regular bail or interim bail can be applied for.
After the Banbhulpura violence, the police were continuously searching for Abdul Malik. Ultimately, the Police today achieved success in nabbing him full 16 days after the violence. In the application filed by the lawyers of Adbul Malik for bail, it has been claimed that Adbul Malik has no role to play in Haldwani violence and that he was not even present in Haldwani on the day of violence.
In the bail petition, it has also been claimed that an address of Abdul Malik located in Delhi is also mentioned in the bail application. The Police came to know of this address from the application and managed to reach this address and arrest Malik from there. After his arrest, Mailk is being brought to Haldwani where the Police are expected to seek his police custody  in order to carry out his detailed interrogation.
Later this evening however,  Uttarakhand Police confirmed his arrest. It may be recalled that the administration has also initiated  move to attach his various properties and some of the properties were raided and the movable items already taken in possession by the Police and the administration. Some more illegal properties, allegedly in his possession, are also likely to be demolished with the help of bulldozers soon.
Police deny claims of any harassment by police of women in Banbhulpura
By Our Staff Reporter
Dehradun, 24 Feb: Uttarakhand Police have denied the allegations of Police harassment of women and children in Banbhulpura area of Haldwani city during the course of police action there on 8 February and after. IG Police (P&M) Nilesh Anand Bharne, who is also the spokesperson on behalf of Police Headquarters today strongly refuted any such claims that Police had misbehaved with women in Banbhulpura. Bharne was addressing the media here this afternoon at Police Headquarters. He said that Uttarakhand Police strongly refuted the news being spread on social media regarding police misbehaviour with women in Banbhulpura. Bharne said that no such incident has happened. Uttarakhand Police take great pride in its motto of “Friendly Police”. While performing the duty, the Police officials treat all law abiding citizens, especially women and children, with courtesy, affection and respect.
Bharne added that Uttarakhand Police have zero tolerance towards any kind of misbehaviour with women. If there is any credible evidence, they can present it before the Commissioner Kumaon or senior police officers during the ongoing magisterial investigation. The Uttarakhand Police will take legal and prompt action on it. The Police pledge to work to protect and respect the interests of citizens in accordance with the law.