Braid-cutting a major challenge: Police

Braid-cutting a major challenge: Police

Will find out who is doing it and why: IGP Kashmir

As Kashmir has recorded more than 100 braid-cutting attacks with none arrested so far, police on Sunday said the unabated incidents have turned out to be “major challenge for them.”

The police said it has “chosen a line” to follow in the course of investigation to find out who is doing it and why. It said victims would have to undergo tests to know the type of spray used by culprits.

“Yes, braid cutting incidents are now a challenge for us. It is a challenge for us in a way as to why these incidents are happening and who is doing it,” Kashmir range inspector general of police, Muneer Khan, told Greater Kashmir. This is for the first time that police have admitted that braid cutting was a challenge and “it is committed to unravel the mystery behind it.”

He said the police have selected a ‘line to be followed’ while investigating the cases.

“We will collect the samples of the victims to find out the kind of spray used by the culprits while committing the crime,” Khan said.

He said more complaints have poured in from areas like SD Colony Batamaloo and Boatmen Colony Bemina with no complaints from civil lines areas.

Many victims complained that masked men first used sprays knocking them unconscious before cutting their hair.

On High Court directions in the wake of a Public Interest Litigation on the issue, the Kashmir police chief said: “We will go for crime mapping. This means the area where maximum cases have taken place would be studied.”

About the outline of cases that have taken place in other states and those in Kashmir, Khan said though the pattern of cases is quite similar, but there are other differences.  “There victims came forward. Here not a single victim has come forward. In Kashmir we have different ramifications of these incidents,” Khan said. He, however, said that there was no truth in the reports that victims would have to face lie-detectors.

Police have announced Rs 6 lakh reward for anybody who provides concrete information about braid cutters. Besides, special investigation teams have been formed in each district comprising a lady doctor and a female member from social welfare department, who are supposed to analyse the victims.

But no culprit has been identified or arrested yet.

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.