DEHRADUN: A day after a mob of over 200 people ransacked a Christian prayer house in Haridwar,
The Uttarakhand government on Monday empowered district magistrates to implement stringent national security laws.
Additional Chief Secretary Anand Vardhan said, “The government has delegated the power to implement NSA to the district magistrates in certain situations.” The order of the government said that “keeping in view the prevailing situation in the state, it has become necessary that this step should be taken”.
The order said that there have been incidents of violence in the last few days, leading to reactionary incidents. “There is a possibility that such incidents may happen again in the state. Anti-social elements are trying to endanger the safety of the people, the state and the communities.”
Meanwhile, the police have registered an FIR against 200 people under sections 295, 296, 395, 323, 504, 506 and 427 of the IPC for vandalizing the prayer house. Some people were involved in a group of about 200 people in Roorkee’s Solanipuram Colony on Sunday. The women reached the prayer hall accusing the Christian missionaries of converting.
After this a complaint was given to the police. Roorkee circle officer Vivek Kumar said, “An FIR has been registered in this matter. We are examining the CCTV footage and interrogating people.” Six people have been named in the FIR, but no arrest has been made so far.