Braid-chopping in Kashmir:  Protests erupt as another incident reported in Srinagar

PTK reports from Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir


SRINAGAR: The braid-chopping incidents in the Valley continue unabated as a fresh incident occurred in Srinagar’s Batamaloo area today morning.


Gulshana, 34, was attacked by two masked men at her residence at Lane 14, Firdous Abad, Batamaloo, and her braid was cut during the attack, eyewitness told PTK.


Her husband, Muhammad Akther, had gone to buy some items for the breakfast when two men approached her, sprayed “something” in her eyes and cut her braid, one of her neighbour, said.


Gulshana was taken to local hospital by her neighbours where she was discharged immediately after regaining consciousness.


Locals immediately rushed to the Gulshana’s home couldn’t trace the masked men, who, according to locals, “vanished into thin air like spooks after cutting her braid”.


As the word spread about the incident in the area, locals hit the streets to protest the “inaction of police” to nab the culprits.


Police tried to thwart the protest and resorted to teargas shelling on locals, ensuing stone-pelting.


Police has started an investigation into the matter and are probing the case for further details.


Meanwhile, Joint Hurriyat leadership has called for a shutdown on Monday 09 Oct to protest against braid chopping. (PTK)


Braid chopping has exposed govt’s inability to safeguard dignity of citizens: Monga

 SRINAGAR : Stating that PDP-BJP government has failed on all fronts, Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) vice president and MLC G N Monga today said the latest issue of braid chopping incidents has exposed the government’s inability to safeguard the dignity of its citizens.


In a statement issued to PTK, he said, “It is no secret that this government (PDP-BJP alliance) has failed on all fronts. But the latest issue of braid chopping in which the dignity of our daughters, sisters and mothers is being compromised, the government is acting as a mute spectator. It has left people across the state and especially in Kashmir Valley in the grip of fear and terror.”


“While dozens of braid chopping incidents have been reported in the recent days, the government had failed even to arrest one culprit. It shows the inability and incompetence of this government. The fear of braid choppers has terrorised people to the extent that young girls prefer to either stay at home or return early as their parents are worried,” Monga said.


While strongly condemning these incidents he asked the government to gear up its resources to deal with the challenge as mere statements and assurances won’t help. “Only assurances and announcements won’t help as these incidents are repeated with greater frequency. People in these areas are terrified and administration must take tangible steps to restore the confidence of the people,” he demanded. (PTK)


Braid chopping: Police rescues foreign tourists in Srinagar


SRINAGAR : Police today said that a group of six foreign tourists were rescued from Rainwari area of Srinagar after locals mistook them as braid-choppers. Six foreign tourists mistaken as braid choppers rescued by Police.


At about 2:00 am during the intervening night of 7/8 October 2017, SHO Rainawari Inspector G P Singh got an information from PCR Kashmir and some sources that Six foreign tourists have been rounded up by some people in Kanikachi Latti Mohalla Rainawari somewhere in the interior area of Dal Lake.


On receiving information a police team headed by Inspector G P Singh under the overall supervision of SP North Shri Sajjad Ahmad Shah rushed to the spot instantly and rescued the holed up tourists. There has been cooperation from some locals as well.


On enquiring it was found that Six tourists-3 Australians, one South Korean, one from Ireland and one from England (4 males and two females), were traveling from Leh to Srinagar in a Tavera vehicle driven by Abid Hussain son of  Mohd Shafi resident  Doda. The group had lost way and were traveling with the help of Google Map which led them to travel across a link road showing short cut to Lal Chowk.


On reaching Kanikachi Lati Mohalla the vehicle was stopped by a group of locals who on spotting foreigners in the vehicle started hues and cries which caused a large gathering of people on spot turning into an unruly mob. However some locals started rescuing the holed up group and called police.


With great efforts of Police and reasonable public whole group was rescued. Tourists were taken to a local Hotel and were lodged there comfortably by the police and early in the morning were seen off to their next destination. (PTK)


Stop harassing those who speak truth: Er. Rasheed

Says police duty bound to resolve braid chopping incidents


SRINAGAR :  Appealing New Delhi to restrain from harassing and humiliating Kashmiris, one way or the other just to avoid a dignified resolution of J&K dispute, AIP Supremo and MLA Langate Er. Rasheed has said that it is legal and moral responsibility and duty of  state Govt. to find out the truth behind braid chopping incidents.


While interacting with people of different sections in Handwara and adjoining areas today Er. Rasheed said “New Delhi needs to understand that Kashmir dispute is not creation of any individual or amalgam but the bitter outcome of partition of 1947.


Crushing voice of all those political leaders, individuals or organizations by various means, who speak about realities and aspirations of masses, will take New Delhi nowhere as the burden of history can never ever be written off by using suppression and oppression at various levels. Disrespecting genuine voices and by indulging in mud sliding New Delhi is going to achieve nothing except complicating the problem further”.


Er. Rasheed added that nabbing those involved in shameless acts of braid chopping is itself a question of credibility for police administration as state police has been on and often wasting very little time in claiming unmasking bigger conspiracies and gangs. He said that people have a right to know from the police that why couldn’t it show and utilize same professionalism in resolving the braid chopping cases.


He appealed masses to show maturity  and restrain while dealing with braid chopping incidents and said that rumor mongers and other miscreants within society need to be identified by the society. (PTK)

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