“No one should attack suspected person” APHC on Braid Chopping in Kashmir

PTK reports from Indian occupied Kashmir

SRINAGAR: All parties Hurriyat conference on Saturday in a statement asked youth to show restraint during braid chopping attempts by miscreants, saying that while dealing with the issue they should follow instructions of Syed Ali Geelani and maintain discipline as vested interests are trying to deviate us and trying their hard to malign our movement.


Terming various incidents wherein many innocents were thrashed and even in Sopore some persons tried to burn alive a mentally unsound person, Hurriyat said that it is extreme unfortunate, sad and frightening.


It is a well-planned ploy to deviate our attention, said Hurriyat and added that in the crucial times we need to take care of all this, as conspiracies are being hatched to create chaos and anarchy in society.


We need to follow the guidelines as laid by Syed Ali Geelani, said Hurriyat and observe restraint as we are duty bound to keep watch over these elements involved in assault on women, saying that we have asked to constitute local Mohalla committees and handover all suspected persons to credible members of committee for investigations, recording statements and for future course of action so as no innocent is implicated or guilty is allowed to leave by authorities.


No one should attack or deal with any suspected person, Hurriyat said while referring to Geelani’s message and added, as there are more chances that their associates & colleagues may take advantage of this and malign the situation as reported from several places, said Hurriyat.


We need to keep close vigil on such elements as they are desperate to spoil our sacred freedom movement and divine ethical values, said Hurriyat, saying that these elements are trying hard to bring bad name to our cherished goal.


Hurriyat while referring to Geelani’s literarily work, his directives and speeches, said that he has always emphasized youth to develop culture of obedience, demonstration of discipline and stressed youth to follow moral and human values during protest demonstrations and while patrolling their localities. (PTK)


Amid shutdown in valley, parts of Srinagar witnesses restriction 

SRINAGAR :  In the wake of a protest shutdown call given by resistance leadership against growing incidents of braid chopping Government on Saturday imposed restrictions in parts of Srinagar city.


“Restrictions have been imposed in Nowhatta, M.R. Gunj, Rainawari, Khanyar, Safa Kadal, Maisuma and Kralkhud areas,” officials said.


The resistance leaders have blamed the police for its failure to nab the culprits. Shops, public transport and educational institutions remained closed in most parts of Srinagar city.


All exams scheduled for Saturday have been postponed by the University of Kashmir. There have been over 150 reports of braid chopping in the Kashmir Valley in the last two months, with mobs beating up strangers, tourists and even Army men in plainclothes on suspicion of being braid choppers. (PTK)


Braid Chopping: NC stages protest against PDP-BJP Govt


SRINAGAR : National Conference on Saturday took out a massive protest rally against the PDP-BJP government’s continuous failures in catching the culprits behind braid chopping incidents.


The protest rally led by party general Secretary Haji Ali Mohammad Sagar marched out from party headquarters Nawa-e-Subah today. The rally was intercepted by police near SK Park and was not allowed to move towards city center Lal Chowk.


Addressing the workers the General Secretary said, “The government is in complete knowhow of who the real culprits are but still they continue to maintain silence on this conspiracy. Its they who have to ensure protection of our mothers, sisters and daughters but they have failed miserably to ensure their protection. They are only interested in clinging to their chairs which has been their primary goal ever since they came into power.”


Reminding CM Mehbooba Mufti of the explosive situation Kashmir is in the general secretary said, “It’s not only our party which is on roads all over the valley but others too have joined the movement of reminding this government of its primary responsibility which is to protect the lives and dignity of its people”.


He said that, “Every right thinking individual whether it’s the civil society, mainstream opposition leaders or the religious leaders all have spoken against government’s inability to tackle such the continuous spree of braid chopping incidents,” adding that still nothing concrete has been achieved by the government so far even after 100 incidents of braid chopping. “We have been on the forefront of reminding this government but they seem to be on a mute mode”, he said.


Senior party functionaries including Vice President Chowdhary Mohammad Ramzan, Provincial President Nasir Aslam Wani, Treasurer Shammi Oberoi, North Zone President Adv Mohammad Akbar Lone, MLA Iddgah Mubarak Gul, MLC Ali Mohammad Dar, MLA Homshalibugh Ab Majeed Bhat (Larmi), MLC Showkat Ganaie, Provincial Secretary Showkat Ah Mir, District President Srinagar Peer Afaq Ahmad, Provincial Vice President Mohammad Syed Akhoon, Sardar Jagdish Singh Azad, Tanvir Sadiq, Irfan Shah, GR Naz, Dr M Shafi, Haji G M Dar, G N Bhat, YNC Provincial President Salman Ali Sagar, Provincial President Women’s Wing Shameema Firdous, Younus Gul, Ahsan Pardesi, Mushtaq Guroo, Mudassir Shahmiri, Sameer Iqbal Bhat, Sabiya Qadri and others.


“Being the mother of two daughters, it’s really shocking how Mehbooba Mufti continues to ignore the pains and agony of our women folk. She has completely given in to the elements who have wrecked havoc in our society and has so far failed to take necessary measures to contain this explosive situation which has reached to such crescendo that male members are not leaving their homes anymore fearing for the safety of their family members who have been left at the mercy of god in this government,” the leaders said.


Carrying play-cards, NC workers demanded that the government intervene into incidences of braid chopping and immediately bring culprits to book. “This government has proven to be a complete failure on every front and has no right to remain in power.”


The protesters also shouted slogans against what they called “glaring confusion within the different ranks of the government machinery where on one hand police is calling the incidents as mass hysteria while the women’s commissions is saying something else.


“It’s time for them to sort out the confusion and do real work on ground rather than confining themselves to issuing rhetoric statements,” they said. (PTK)




Congress Condemns unabated braid chopping

Lodges strong protest against State Govt


SRINAGAR: Lashing out State Govt for failing to ensure safety of people especially women in the valley, Congress today lodged a strong protest against State Govt over braid chopping and described the ruling dispensation as complete failure on all counts. The Party while condemning the unabated braid chopping across the valley described it as an attack on the modesty of the women.


Starting from District Kupwara today, The Congress Party workers and leaders led by District President (Kupwara) Haji Farooq Mir submitted Memorandum to His Excellency the Governor Shri. N. N. Vora through Deputy Commissioner Kupwara seeking immediate end to braid chopping and harassment of innocent people.


The Memorandum reads that State Govt has utterly failure to ensure peaceful atmosphere, as a result, people not only in South, but in Central and South Kashmir were living in fear.


The Party also urged upon His Excellency that Govt must take effective measures to ascertain the identity of the culprits for severe punishment, as that the inaction and non-seriousness on the part of Govt has added chaos to the situation.


Addressing Party workers, the District President emphasized that Govt must come out in a deep slumber and take effective measures to ensure peaceful atmosphere in the valley, as the Party believes, that braid chopping is a conspiracy against the peace and tranquility in the valley, which must come to an end in the larger interests of peace.


The Similar protest demonstration were held at Shahbad (Dooru) where Congress Party workers from entire Dooru Segment chanted anti Govt Slogans and condemned the attack on the modesty of the women, which is being encouraged by not taking action against the culprits.


The Protest demonstration were led by Senior Leaders Ali Mohd Mantoo and Mohd Iqbal Mir.


Addressing the party workers both the leaders stated that Congress Party will not compromise on the safety and security of the people, urges upon Govt to come clean on braid chopping, as people have every right to know as to what steps Govt  is taking for their safety.


This is highly unfortunate that Govt has not been able to ascertain the identity of the culprits, which shows how non serious Govt was about the well-being of the people, they added.


They urged upon people to remain vigilant and defeat the anti-social activities aiming to disturb peace in the valley. (PTK)



Six suspected braid-choppers caught, handed over to police in Ganderbal


SRINAGAR: Six suspected braid-choppers who were caught by locals in Central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district were handed over to police on Saturday.


A police officer told PTK that six suspected braid-choppers were caught by people in Lar while roaming suspiciously in Repora village.


“People without taking law and order into their own hands called the police immediately and handed them over,” the station house officer Nissar Ahamd Hurra told PTK.


On enquiring, the police officer said that the detained people were in Lar to meet a girl and were not braid choppers and were from neighbouring Bandipora district.


Police said that the name of these boys are  Muzaffar Ahmad Pahloo S/o Shabir Ahmad Pahloo, Sameer Ahmad Khan  S/o Shabir Ahmad khan, Adil Khurshad S/o Khurshad Ahmad, Abid Ahmad S/o Mohammad Ayoub Pahloo, Zubair Amad S/o Mohd Qasim and Waseem Ahmad S/o Saif ul din. (PTK)


Govt. failed to protect Kashmiri people from braid choppers: G A Mir


KUPWARA: Scores of Indian National Congress (INC) leaders and workers led by District President Farooq Ahmad took out a march from Town Hall Kupwara to DC Office Kupwara.


INC on Saturday staged a protest against the alleged failure of the government to prevent unabated braid-chopping incidents in Kashmir valley.


The rally was intercepted by police near DC office Kupwara and was not allowed to move inside Deputy Commissioners Office. The protesters raised slogans against the government for what they said its failure to prevent braid-cutting incidents in the Valley.


Addressing the workers, Mr. Farooq said: “The government is in complete knowhow of who the real culprits are but still they continue to maintain silence on this conspiracy. It is they who have to ensure protection of our mothers, sisters and daughters but they have failed miserably to ensure their protection. This government has proven to be a complete failure on every front and has no right to remain in power,” he alleged.


Addressing the workers over Phone, JKINC Chief Gulam Ahmad Mir: “said that government failed to protect our mothers, sisters and daughters from braid choppers. Today I have not allowed to move from here to kupwara and said that he is thankful to people of kupwara who joins our programme.


The protesters also shouted slogans against collation government carrying placards, INC workers demanded that the government intervene into incidences of braid chopping and immediately bring culprits to book. (PTK)






Govt. ows an explanation over Braid Chopping incidents: Tarigami


SRINAGAR: CPI (M) leader MLA Kulgam, Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami today said that the cutting of Women’s plaits and putting them to disrespect is the latest unfortunate situation, the people of Kashmir are facing.


he said, “This mysterious perplexing and sudden development has generated wide spread panic and has disturbed the social and economic activities in the valley. Fear psychosis prevails in all the habitations and the already fragile peace is at the receiving end.  The residents of the affected localities catch hold of any stranger including tourists and try to lynch them.  One such person has already lost life and several are under treatment in various hospitals”.


“Movement of women, especially of girls has been restricted and their attendance in educational institutions has been affected.  In my constituency of Kulgam alone, nearly twenty such incidents have been reported so far.  It has been reported that some unknown persons catch hold of lonely women, even in the interior of their houses, sprinkle some anesthetic substances on their faces, cut off their braids and escape”, he said.


he further added, “The victim is rendered unconscious and the braid is left behind.  The government claims that it has filed 35 FIRs and set up a special investigation team to probe, identify the culprits and punish them.  Rewards have also been announced but big question is the result is zero.  Why has the state government miserably failed to investigate and demystify the plaguing menace that has disturbed the social order?  The theories of mass hysteria, psychic disorders of women are not wholly convincing.  The police excuse that it has failed because victims are not willing to cooperate is a lame one”.


Tarigami said, “An efficient police force is expected to resolve even the totally blind cases, motivate the victims (who suffer from humiliation and fear) to cooperate with it.  The investigation teams could involve psychotherapists and other experts in this regard.  If the govt. which ows a thorough explanation to the people, fails to clear the cobwebs of such a case, it forefeits the moral right to govern”.


He urged the Chief Minister to take the matter seriously and get the “riddle” resolved as it is the least expected from a reasonably moderate governance.  Tarigami also appealed the people, not to believe in unfounded rumors and thereby give space to anti-social elements and criminals who could further complicate and worsen the situation. (PTK)

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