Muslim shopkeepers were forcefully deregistered by traders’ union in the town | Representative Image

By Riya Baibhawi

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The police in Uttarakhand on Tuesday booked members of the traders’ union in Dharchula town of Pithoragarh after they deregistered 91 shopkeepers, most of whom were Muslims.

The union had labeled these shopkeepers as “outsiders,” accusing them of illegal activities and ordering them to cease their operations and depart.

This move came on the heels of a February incident where two underage girls were reportedly kidnapped and assaulted by an 18-year-old man from Bareilly, which escalated tensions in the region.

Administration steps in

Administration guarantees safety for deregistered traders

Local administration took action after observing that the shops of deregistered traders remained shuttered for two-three days.On Tuesday, Dharchula Sub Divisional Magistrate Manjit Singh confirmed that all shop owners have been granted security and no one was compelled to leave unless they decided to do so.A formal complaint has also been lodged against the traders’ union.Pithoragarh District Magistrate Reena Joshi has categorically stated that any illegal activity will not be tolerated


Police official details suo-motu FIR

Dharchula Circle Officer (CO) Parvez Ali said, “A suo-motu FIR was registered by the police against six named by the union and 40 unidentified people under Indian Penal Code (IPC) sections in relation to rioting and intentional insults leading to breach of peace amongst others.”

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