Braid Chopping trigger fresh protests in conflict hit Kashmir valley

GNS reports from Indian occupied Kashmir


SHO among 4 injured in clashes triggered by woman’s braid chopping in Kupwara

Police reject army man caught by locals was braid chopper

Srinagar, Oct 17 (GNS): Station House Officer was among four persons injured during clashes triggered by braid chopping of a woman in Reddi Chowkibal and Kralpora areas of Kupwara district in north Kashmir on Tuesday.

Reports said that soon after the woman’s braid was chopped off, scores of people took to streets and staged massive protests. Police reached the spot but met stiff resistance from the locals who demanded stern action against those behind the incident. The locals also thrashed a Territorial Army man, suspecting him to be the braid-chopper.

A video, showing locals thrashing the TA soldier while Indian Army and police were trying to rescue him, also went viral on the social media. Later, the protesters pelted the forces with stones who retaliated by lobbing teargas shells. A SHO and two policemen were injured along with a youth who has been hospitalised, they said.

Meanwhile, as the news of braid chopping incident spread to nearby Kralpora area, the locals staged massive protest demonstration and closed shops. Clashes also erupted in Kralpora as the protesters started pelting stones on the government forces. Police lobbed number of teargas shells and clashes were on as this report was being filed.

When contacted, SSP Kupwara rejected peoples claim that the Territorial Army man arrested was a braid chopper. “People catch anybody doing his duty. What is the solution?” SSP Kupwara Shamsheer Hussain told GNS. Asked that people claim that he was a braid chopper, the officer said: “There is nothing of that sought.”

Meanwhile, a defense spokesman said that a mob, which had gathered to protest against some alleged braid -chopping incident, stopped the last vehicle of an Army convoy by parking a Sumo vehicle in front it when the convoy was passing through Chowkibal.

“When a soldier dismounted to get details of the issue, the mob surrounded him and started manhandling him despite a part of the crowd trying to stop the instigators and saying that the soldier had nothing to do with the incident.”

He said that the troops exercised extreme caution and fired a few rounds in air to disperse the mob and retrieve the soldier. “The vehicle rejoined the convoy.  The soldier was sent for medical treatment and is now stable. The instigators have been identified and suitable action has been( is being ) initiated against the culprits,” the spokesman added.  (GNS)



Braid chopping incident trigger clashes in Srinagar, Pulwama

Srinagar, October 17 (GNS): Massive clashes and protests erupted in Rambagh area of uptown Srinagar and in Pulwama district today after locals claimed that unidentified persons cut braid of two women at respective places.

According to GNS, scores of locals including women took to streets at Rambagh and blocked road for vehicular movement. They shouted slogans against the braid cutting and displayed the chopped braid to media men. The protesters also shouted pro-freedom and anti-India slogans and sought an end to these incidents.

While police arrived on the spot and asked protesters to disperse and unblock road, the latter refused after which forces used teargas, triggering clashes in the area. The youths pelted stones on police while police lobbed teargas shells. The clashes between the two sides continued for several hours and affected transport and business activities in the area.

Meanwhile, a shutdown was observed in Maisuma and adjacent areas of city centre against the braid chopping incidents. All the shops and commercial establishments were shut in Maisuma, Madina Chowk, Exchange Road, Gaw Kadal, Budshah Chowk and Red Cross Road against the incidents of braid chopping. Police had sealed off Maisuma and deployed scores of forces men to foil protests by locals.

Massive clashes amid a complete shutdown erupted at Main Town of Pulwama district against chopping of braid of a local lady at Dangerpora area. Scores of youth took to streets in Pulwama Town and enforced shutdown. The protesters also damaged some vehicles for violating shutdown to protest braid chopping. Meanwhile, an incident of braid chopping was also reported from Bandipora area of north Kashmir. (GNS)


In Handwara, tractor owner brands his driver a braid chopper, got him thrashed for demanding withheld salary

Srinagar, October 17 (GNS): In a shocking incident, a tractor driver was beaten to pulp by people after his owner branded him a braid chopper as he was demanding his withheld salary from him at Handwara area of Kupwara district of north Kashmir, police said.

SP Handwara Ghulam Jeelani told news agency GNS that one Jameel Ahmad Dar used to work as Tractor driver with Mohd Sultan Lone of Gundchobutra Kralgund in Handwara.

”Yesterday, he went to owner’s house to get his salary amount of Rs 50,000 lying with the owner but to his utter surprise, the owner firstly, on one or other pretext refused to pay him and then branded him as braid chopper and created a scene in the village which attracted attention of other villagers who without any confirmation beat him to pulp, injuring him seriously,” he said.

The injured was first shifted to Baramulla where from he has been shifted to SKIMS Soura for further treatment, the SSP said, adding that the mischievous elements use this braid chopping as a tool in their personal disputes, thus creating chaos. “FIR has been registered in this regard at Kralgund police station against the accused and the investigation has been taken up,” he added. (GNS)


Braid Chopping: Committee formed in Shopian to maintain vigil, counsel victims

Shopian, October 17 (GNS): District Magistrate Shopian, Mohammad Aijaz today constituted a district-level committee which would maintain strict vigil and counsel braid chopping victims.

The committee formulated on the directions of the Government comprises Additional District Magistrate as its chairman, Additional Superintendent of Police, District Social Welfare officer and counseling psychologist/psychiatrist as its members.

It was said that already village level committees consisting of Village Level Workers, Patwari, Chowki Officer concerned, Numberdars and Chowkidars are already in place in the district.

Further, counseling psychologist/psychiatrist and counselors from Social Welfare Department are already doing their job of helping the victims to overcome the post-traumatic situation.

Further, in order to reach out to the families where such incidents have taken place an outreach squad comprising Tehsildar concerned, SHO concerned and TSWO have met the victims and their families. (GNS)



Braid Chopping: Teams formed to report facts, provide assistance to victims

Srinagar, October 17 (GNS): Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Syed Abid Rasheed Shah today convened a meeting here to discuss braid chopping incidents and ways to address the menace and provide assistance to victims.

The meeting was attended by Additional Deputy Commissioners, Assistant Commissioner Revenue Srinagar, Sub Divisional Magistrate West Srinagar, District Social Officer, Chief Medical Officer and all Tehsildars of the district.

It was decided that tehsil-level teams would be constituted to provide medical assistance and counselling to the victims of braid cutting, besides report to the higher authorities with the detailed facts about each incident in their respective jurisdictions.

The meeting also decided that the District Social Welfare Officer Srinagar will provide services of all CDPOs, Tehsils, Social Welfare Officers and Anganwadi Workers with these teams. (GNS)


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