Braid Chopping triggers protest in Anantnag

Protesters block highway to demand action

SRINAGAR: As the braid chopping incidents have spread across Kashmir and intensified in southern parts of Kashmir, the residents of Wanpoh on Friday blocked the Srinagar-Jammu highway near Wanpoh railway station in Anantnag district to protest against braid-chopping. They were demanding action against the culprits.

The incidents of braid chopping have created confusion and chaos in the valley which resulted in apprehensions.  A non-local was thrashed in Qaimoh last night after being accused of being a braid chopper, latter admitted to a hospital.

Another person apprehended by locals in Sherpora locality of old town Anantnag last night, according to police, is a drug peddler. An official identified him as Gowhar Ahmad from Budgam district.

Nearly two dozen incidents of mysterious hair chopping have been reported from Kashmir, with nearly fifteen incidents from Kulgam and Islamabad districts during past couple of weeks.

On Wednesday, locals in Chimmer village of Kulgam accused the army of coming to the aid of a braid chopper apprehended by them.

Police have formed a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the matter. So far the police and the authorities have been clueless.

Incidents of braid cutting: Police establishes helplines in all districts of Kashmir;

Jammu and Kashmir police has established help lines so that people could inform and seek assistance with regard to any braid cutting incident.

To speed up the investigation process, Special Investigation Teams (SITs) have also been constituted in every district headquarters of the valley.

Besides, Police Community Group meetings were also held wherein PCPG members were advised to help and assist police in keeping a close vigil regarding braid cutting incidents in their respective areas.

General public is requested to call on the helpline numbers in case of any suspicious movement. The person who will give credible information and assist in nabbing any anti social element found in such incidents will be rewarded rupees 3 lac by IG Kashmir.  The particulars of that person will be kept secret.

All the district SsP have also  been directed to utilize all the resources and men under their command and intensify the joint patrolling with the people of their respective jurisdictions to nab the culprits.

The help line numbers are as under. In Anantnag, people are advised to call on these numbers (Police Station’s) Anantnag- 9596777621, Bijbehara- 9596777622, Mattan- 9596777623, Ashmuqam;9596777624, Pahalgam- 9596777625, Achabal-9596777626, Kokernag- 9596777628, Dooru- 959777627, Srigufwara- 9596777629,  (Police Post’s) Khanabal- 9596777631, Janglat Mandi- 9596777632, Bus stand- 9596777633, Sherbagh- 9596777630, Sangam- 9596777636, Uttersoo- 9596777635 and Larnoo-9596777634.

In Kulgam people are advised to call on 01933260160, 7051510660. In Pulwama people are advised to call on  01933-241280, 241986. In Shopian people are advised to call on  01933-261891, 9596768831. In Awantipora people are advised to call on  01933-247369, 7051404001. In Budgam people are advised to call on  01951-255207, 255042, 7051531798. In Ganderbal people are advised to call on  2416478, 2416564, 9622688825, 9906668731.

In Bandipora people are advised to call on  9596767411, 9596767421, 9596767431, 9596767415, 9596767441, 9596767440, 9596767427, 9596767430, 9596767418.

In Sopore people are advised to call on  9596773024, 9596773025. In Handwara people are advised to call on 01955-262295, 9906767076, 7051404201, 7051404206. In Baramulla people are advised to call on 01952-237830, 9596767768, 9596767717. In Kupwara people are advised to call on 01955-252204, 7051404938. (PTK)

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