Braid Choppers or Guests: Trio of suspects under Kashmir Police investigation


CNS reports from Indian occupied Kashmir


Thrashed by locals police takes custody of trio after braid chopping incident

Baramulla: Police on Thursday night rescued three persons who were taken as braid choppers by locals and thrashed after a fresh hair cutting incident in Boniyar, Uri town of North Kashmir’s Baramulla district.

Police said they are questioning the suspects and investigation is in progress.

Locals told news agency CNS that during evening hours the braid of a woman was chopped off by unidentified miscreants and shortly after the incident a Sumo (JK05C-9395) vehicle was chased by agitated protesters. Three men on board entered into a school while the fourth one managed to escape from the spot.

“The locals caught hold of these three men and they were thrashed while the Sumo vehicle was damaged. The locals took them as braid choppers and thus manhandled them,” said a local from Breniyal village where this incident occurred.

Police rushed to spot and managed to rescue the three men.

On Friday morning, according to reports as a Taveera vehicle (JK01M-6903) carrying the relatives of the alleged accused approached to police station, the locals attacked the vehicle and caused damage to it.

Police rushed to spot and fired tear-smoke shells to disperse the mob. When the mob continued to pelt stones, government forces fired some shots in air.

Station House Officer Police Station Boniyar, Faisal Ahmed Khan while confirming the incident said that prima facie it seems the trio who are currently in lock-up had arrived in the area as guests to a family. “We are still investigating the case,” he added. (CNS)



Braid chopping incidents continue to spark protest

Srinagar: Life was badly affected in parts of Srinagar city due to restrictions imposed by authorities to stop possible protests against braid chopping incidents.

The call for protest was given by Joint Resistance Leadership against the unabated incidents of hair cutting.

All the school, Colleges and Universities remained closed while restrictions remained in vogue in parts of old Srinagar city. However, life remained in uptown areas of the city.

Reports said that no Friday congregational prayers were allowed at Jamia Masjid Srinagar while Mirwaiz Umar Farooq remained under house arrest.

In Batamaloo area after a fresh braid chopping incident, people took to streets and held a massive protest against the incident. Locals said that the braid of the woman was chopped off after she was tied by a rope.

A protest against braid chopping incidents was organized by Joint Resistance Leadership at Abiguzar Srinagar. Scores of activists participated in the protest that culminated peacefully. The protesters demanded action against braid choppers and alleged that police have miserably failed to nab the culprits.

A protest was also staged by people at Hyderpora Srinagar. The protest was organized by Syed Ali Geelani led Hurriyat Conference.

Clashes erupted in Sopore town in northern part of Kashmir’s Baramulla district after the braid of a 40-year-old woman was chopped off in Khushel Matu village.

Reports said the woman (name withheld) was in the kitchen of her home when unknown person sprayed something on her, knocking her unconscious, and chopped her braid.  She was later taken to SDH Sopore.

Soon after the incident, hundreds of people assembled at main chowk area of the town and staged a protest demonstration against the incident.

However, police lobbed scores of tear smoke shells to disperse the protesters, which triggered clashes in the area.

Reports said that a complete shutdown was observed in Sopore town as a mark of protest against the incident.  All the shops and business establishments remained closed in the town while transport remained off the roads.

Clashes erupted in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district after Fridaycongregational prayers. Reports said that large number of people protested against braid chopping incidents. Youth pelted stones on the government forces who however, exercised restraint. (CNS)


Three beggar women mistaken as braid choppers in Srinagar, rescued unhurt: Police

Srinagar: Police on Friday said that they rescued three beggar women who were mistaken as braid-choppers in Babademb area of Downtown Srinagar.

An official said that around noon, Police Post Banamohalla was informed of the “capturing” of three beggar women, including two unmarried girls and a lactating mother.

“Police rushed to the spot and took the ladies to the office of the SDPO Maharajgunj. All the three ladies were in tremendous fear and shock and were weeping bitterly,” he said.

On inquiring in the presence of some locals, who were already present in the office, the elder woman in the group broke into tears.

“She said that they were from Nagrota Jammu and her husband is a labourer,” said the official.

The woman said her husband was injured after some “miscreant boys” beat him in Bemina after alleging him to be a braid-chopper.

She told the police that her baby was suffering from an ailment and was under treatment. “She was begging for procuring food for her family. The other two girls were with her. Their bags were searched for hair cutting tools but nothing could be found,” said the official while lauding the locals for “every possible co-operation”.

The women were identified as Razia, wife of Sharif Malik, resident of Nagrota, presently Tengpora; Rubeena, daughter of Mushtaq Malik, resident of Nagrota, at present Pampore and Muskaan, daughter of Mohd Sidiq Malik, resident of Nagrota, at present Pampore.

Later, the women were left after legal formalities, said the official. (CNS)



Government not serious in exposing braid choppers: Aga Hasan

Srinagar: Stating it is the responsibility of State Government to identify and expose braid choppers, senior separatist leader and president Anjuman Shari Shian Aga Syed Hasan Almosvi Alsafvi has said that the callous and insensitive approach of the government is adding fuel to the fire.

Addressing people at Central Imambara at Budgam on Friday, Aga Hasan said that blamed government for its shoddy investigation and for making contradictory statements on braid chopping.

He said government is trying to trivialize braid chopping instead of unraveling the mystery behind these incidents.”

“Braid chopping is not just an assault on the body of a woman but on her dignity. This amounts to a grave human rights violation against women folk of Kashmir and this falls into a pattern. This is a trick to instill fear among people in Kashmir,” he said.

“On one side government says it is mass hysteria, and on other it announces rewards for those who catch hold of the culprits,” he said.

Aga Syed Hasan said that those involved in such heinous crimes should understand society will not spare them and besides such acts will counterproductive for those on whose behest they work.

“People in Kashmir suspect some agencies are behind braid chopping. This suspicion is growing with each passing day.

People in Kashmir have been given a feeling that New Delhi looks at them with so much of contempt that braid chopping seems to be another weapon they are being attacked with,” he said and asked state government to be sensitive and expose these criminals who are playing with the honour of women. (CNS)



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