Fresh incidents reported in Srinagar, Uri; 3 arrested for ‘spreading rumours’
Police on Wednesday said that 100 braid chopping incidents have taken place in Kashmir, even as it vowed to “seriously investigate the role of anti-national elements who seem to be getting benefited by the protests triggered by the acts of mysterious hair cutting.”
“There have been 100 braid chopping incidents in Kashmir so far. Not a single victim has approached any police station with her hair sample,” Kashmir range inspector general of police, Muneer Khan told Greater Kashmir.
“We could have sent the hair sample to forensic laboratory to find out which spray the braid choppers are using.”
Khan claimed that all the suspects detained so far turned out to be innocent and had no connection with braid-chopping. “In Nowgam area, people even thrashed innocent rag pickers. In Rainawari, even tourists had a narrow escape,” the IGP said.
“We are filing a detailed report in response to the Public Interest Litigation filed in the High Court. We will wait for the court directions and proceed further,” he said.
He said though the incidents of braid chopping have been taking place in Uttar Pradesh, Jammu and Doda, Kashmir is a “different cup of tea.”
Police have formed special investigating teams comprising officials from the Social Welfare department and also a lady doctor to analyse the victims. Besides, the police have also announced Rs 6 lakh reward for a person who would provide accurate information about a braid-chopper.
The braid chopping wave in Kashmir has already claimed life of a 70-year-old man from Anantnag district.
Residents of Batamaloo area in Srinagar staged a protest on Wednesday against the alleged inaction of police against braid choppers following a fresh attack in the locality early this morning, a police source said.
He said that the protestors turned violent when they were asked to disperse and started pelting stones.
Police used force to disperse the protestors. A local market remained closed as a mark of protest against the fresh attack.
Another braid chopping incident was reported from Bandi area of Uri Baramulla on Wednesday where hair of an 18-year-old girl was chopped off by unknown persons when she had gone to a washroom outside her home in the early hours.
Meanwhile, a police spokesman said that Srinagar police have arrested two persons “who floated rumours about rag pickers being braid choppers.”
“On 9th of October, 2017 some miscreants floated a rumour that four non-local rag pickers who were roaming in Gandbal and Lasjan areas were braid choppers. Soon they were surrounded by a mob of about 2000 persons who started abusing and hacking them. Meanwhile police intervened and rescued all the four,” the spokesman said.
He said that a case vide FIR No. 116/2017 was registered and investigation taken up. “During the investigation, two rumour mongers Tawseef Ahmad Dar son of Zahoor Ahmad of Padshahi Bagh and Mir Musadiq son of Fayaz Ahmad Mir of Lasjan have been arrested. Further investigation is on,” the spokesman said.
Meanwhile, the spokesman said that police have arrested a “rumour monger” who had spread the rumour about the death of a girl after braid chopping incident.
“At around 5:48 pm a shocking rumour about the death of an allegedly braid-chopped victim from Habbakadal Srinagar spread like the wild fire. People got emotional and started pelting security forces establishments and vehicles with stones.”
“Srinagar police swung into action and on verifying the authenticity of the news it was found that it was a planned rumour just to generate the potential for civil unrest. The miscreant reportedly identified as Abid Hussain Saudagar was traced and arrested by Police Station Safa Kadal from Armpora Nawakadal area,” the spokesman added.
CHRAR-E-SHARIEF OBSERVES SHUTDOWM
Charar-e-Sharief town in Budgam district observed a complete shutdown on Wednesday against the mysterious braid chopping incidents.
Reports said that there were some rumors about the presence of braid choppers in Nowhar area last evening following which locals decided to observe complete shutdown.
All the business establishments and educational institutions were shut while transport remained off the roads in the town.
Meanwhile, a married woman who was attacked by unknown persons posing as a beggar in Raithan on October 9 evening was attacked again late last night. “In the second attempt, a major portion of her braid has been chopped off. She is undergoing treatment at a hospital in Srinagar,” said a local.
Meanwhile, mobile internet services were restored on Wednesday evening after three days of blockade.
Another Braid chopping incident was reported at Awoora in Kupwara district on late Wednesday evening.
A local resident told Greater Kashmir over phone that unknown persons barged into the house of the victim and chopped her braid.