Protests against braid chopping continue in Kashmir valley

PTK reports from Indian occupied Kashmir 


SRINAGAR : Residents of Lari-Preng in Kangan area of central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district on Thursdaystages a protest on Srinagar-Leh highway against a braid-chopping incident that took place last night.


Amid sloganeering, the protesters, including men and women, blocked Srinagar-Leh highway at Preng, disrupting the traffic movement on the highway.


Later, a police party reached at the spot and pacified the protesters.


Meanwhile, a doctor at Sub district hospital Kangan told PTK, that the victim has been referred to SMHS hospital Srinagar from sub District hospital Kangan as she complained of uncontrolled vomiting.


However residents of Hazratbal also held protests over a fresh braid-chopping incident in Dhobi Mohalla.


Reports said that the residents took to streets and staged massive protests against the increasing braid-cutting incidents.


These girls and women have told their families and police that unknown persons cut their hair after knocking them unconscious with some spray.


The police have formed Special Investigation Teams to probe the incidents. However, so far the police and the authorities have been clueless.


The police have announced a reward of Rs six lakh for credible information leading to arrest of any person behind braid chopping incidents. So far, no arrests have been made. (PTK)


Two braid chopping incidents occurred in Budgam


SRINAGAR : Two more incidents of braid chopping were reported from Khansahab area of central Kashmir’s Budgam district.


According to reports, first incident was reported from Shamsabad area of the district where a girl student was attacked in the courtyard of her house while the second one took place in Iqbal Colony area of Khansahib.


Meanwhile, late afternoon reports from Baramulla said that a braid chopping incident took place in district.


Reports said that a woman’s braid was found chopped off in Kanthbagh area of Baramulla.


The woman was rushed to district hospital for medical help. (PTK)

Clashes erupt in Tral after protest against forces highhandedness

SRINAGAR : Clashes erupted in Tral area of Pulwama district in south Kashmir on Thursday against the alleged ransacking of a militant’s home by Indian forces.


Reports said that youth took to streets and clashes with the forces in Main Town area of Tral.


Meanwhile, a complete shutdown was observed to protest against the ransacking.


The mother of militant Hamad Khan according to reports told that the government forces ransacked their house last night.


The incident comes a day after houses of three militants were ransacked allegedly by government forces in Shopian district. (PTK)


Braid cutting: DC Kulgam constitutes special investigation team


SRINAGAR: Deputy Commissioner Kulgam, Talat Parvez Rohella today chaired a meeting to review the progress, so far, on reported incidents of braid chopping in the district.


He directed for constituting a special composite investigation team comprising officers from revenue and police, besides doctors, counselling psychologist/psychiatrist who will investigate braid cutting incidents and provide assistance to victims.


On the occasion, the Deputy Commissioner said that Village Level Committees have already been constituted to maintain vigil and report facts on such incidents.


The members of the special investigation composite team said that during any incident, the crime spots are not preserved which debilitate them from carrying out proper investigations. In this regard, the Deputy Commissioner sought the cooperation of the people in helping the administration in preserving the crime spots so that evidence could be preserved on the basis of which, conclusive investigations are carried out.


The counsellors of the health department sought the cooperation of the victims and their families so that they can be taken out of the post-incident trauma.


Meanwhile, the Deputy Commissioner directed the members to ensure the investigation into the matters in a time bound manner with some conclusive evidences.


The Deputy Commissioner appealed the people to lend every sort of support to nab the culprits and help the district administration to prevent spreading of mass hysteria. In case of any assistance or help, people have been urged to contact the district administration on 01931260156/ 7051510654. (PTK)


Braid chopping incidents

District admin seeks cooperation from public to maintain peace


SRINAGAR: According to the spokesman District administration Srinagar, two incidents of braid chopping were reported in Srinagar on 18th of October, one at Mehjoor Nagar at 7 a.m and another at Sangam Srinagar at 3:30 p.m.


Reportedly both the ladies (victims) were attacked by unidentified assailants within the premises of their residential houses. The district administration immediately rushed the teams to provide medical assistance to the victims and to assess the situation in order to find ways and means to tackle this menace.


The Spokesman district administration said that It has come to fore after proper analysis that the braid chopping incidents occurred here over the past few days, are being used as a ploy by the trouble mongers to vitiate the peaceful atmosphere in the valley.


He said that in many cases the braid chopping incidents are followed by stone pelting and law and order derangements. Also, there have been cases where the thieves and criminals, disguising as braid choppers, take a free run.


“In some cases braid chopping has become a tool of vengeance against mutual animosity. Some cases have been reported where past history of psychiatric affliction has also been found,” he added.


In this scenario, he requested the general public to remain cautious and help the administration to maintain law and order so that the nefarious designs in the garb of braid chopping do not find medium to vitiate peaceful atmosphere here.


Braid chopping: Committee constituted to probe incidents in Anantnag


SRINAGAR: District administration Anantnag has constituted a Committee to investigate the braid chopping incidents reported in the district.  The district administration has sought cooperation of the general public to nab culprits and maintaining peace.


Meanwhile, the district administration thanked Village and Auqaf committees for being proactive in their approach and maintaining vigil. The administration appealed people not to pay heed to rumors and cooperate with the Committee so that a thorough investigation is carried out into these incidents.


People have been urged to cooperate with district administration and for any assistance contact on 18001807054/ 01932222337/ 9419047052/ 9419367252.  (PTK)

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