Braid-chopping triggers protest in Kangan

Residents of Lari-Preng in Kangan area of central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district on Thursday staged a protest on Srinagar-Leh highway to protest against a braid-chopping incident that took place last night.
Braid-chopping triggers protest in Kangan
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Residents of Lari-Preng in Kangan area of central Kashmir's Ganderbal district on Thursday staged a protest on Srinagar-Leh highway to protest against a braid-chopping incident that took place last night.

Chanting slogans, the protesters, including men and women, blocked Srinagar-Leh highway at Preng, disrupting the traffic movement on the highway. 

Later, a police party reached at the spot and pacified the protesters. 

Meanwhile, a doctor at Sub district hospital Kangan said that the victim has been referred to SMHS hospital Srinagar from sub District hospital Kangan as she complained of uncontrolled vomiting.

Hair of over 100 women and young girls has been mysteriously chopped off across the Valley during past month.

These girls and women have told their families and police that unknown persons cut their hair after knocking them unconscious with some spray.

The police have formed Special Investigation Teams to probe the incidents. However, so far the police and the authorities have been clueless.

The police have announced a reward of Rs six lakh for credible information leading to arrest of any person behind braid chopping incidents. So far, no arrests have been made.

At several places, vigilante mobs have thrashed innocents mistaking them for braid choppers.

The growing incidents have forced people to form local committees in every locality who remain awake throughout the night to ensure no braid cutting incident occurs.

These incidents have already created fear psychosis across Kashmir with fear griping the women folk who find it very difficult to venture out of their homes.

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