Protests in Tral against 'braid chopping'

  • Protests in Tral against 'braid chopping'

Protests in Tral against 'braid chopping'

Normal life was hit as markets remained shut and streets were deserted on the strike called by Joint Resistance Leadership.

While one 70-year-old man was lynched in Anantnag late last week, on Sunday six foreigners were chased and almost killed on suspicion of being braid-cutters.

Kashmir has seen a number of protests over repeated reports of braid-chopping over the past few weeks.

In Occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown is being observed in all major cities and towns of the territory against growing incidents of braid-chopping in the Kashmir Valley. These girls and women have told their families and police that unknown persons cut their hair after knocking them unconscious with some spray.

Police have already constituted Special investigation teams in all districts but there has been no breakthrough yet into these incidents. According to a police spokesperson, at about 2:00 AM during the intervening night of 7/8 October 2017, SHO Rainawari Inspector G P Singh got an information from Police Control Room Kashmir and some sources that six foreign tourists had been rounded up by some people in Kanikachi Latti Mohalla in Rainawari, somewhere in the interior area of Dal Lake. So far, no arrests have been made.

Scores of braid chopping incidents have been reported across Kashmir Valley triggering panic among populace. Clashes were reported between protestors and Indian forces in Seer Hamdan area of Srinagar till last reports came in.

The Hurriyat had given a call for protests against the rising incidents of the braid chopping.

"It is so sad that they are not paying any serious attention to the braid chopping incidents, which are increasing". Police restored to teargas shelling while the youth pelted stone on police.

Police rescued four outsiders who were mistaken as braid choppers in Nowgam area of Srinagar, a police spokesman said Monday evening.

A 2,000-strong mob surrounded these rag-pickers and heckled them before the police intervened.

Police has until now been dismissing these as rumours.

However, in many instances innocent people have suffered at the hands of the mob. They were beaten and thrashed severely by the residents.