Imam’s Beard Chopped amid Braid Chopping incidents in Kashmir


CNS reports from Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir

No let up in braid chopping incidents

Beard of Imam chopped off in Central Kashmir

Srinagar: Braid chopping incidents have not stopped in Kashmir Valley while on Friday a series of such incidents occurred in different parts of Valley, creating panic and fear psychosis among people.

Fresh braid chopping incident was reported on Friday morning in Pantha Chowk area of Srinagar city where a 45 year old woman became the latest victim. The incident sparked protest in the area, while protesters blocked traffic for some time. They were dispersed peacefully by police after assurance that matter will be thoroughly investigated.

Earlier, the braid of a woman was chopped off at Bashubagh Kanihama area in Central Kashmir’s Budgam district. The victim according to family members  was coming out from her washroom located outside their house, when the culprit emerged and chopped her braid.

A woman at Azad Basti Natipora area of Srinagar city foiled the attempt of a braid cutter when she pushed him away.

At Donow Kulgam in South Kashmir, the braid of the daughter of Abdul Gani Sofi was chopped off by unknown persons on Friday afternoon.

At Singhpora Pattan in North Kashmir’s Baramulla district, fresh braid cutting incident sparked massive protest. The protesters blocked Srinagar-Muzaffarabad road and demanded nabbing of the criminals. “The honour and dignity of our sisters and mothers are at stake. This un-Islamic act is the brain child of agencies to create chaos and confusion among people,” said a protester to CNS adding that the victim is an orphan.

The locals alleged that police didn’t rush to spot, contrary fired tear-smoke shells on protesters.

Meanwhile, unknown persons chopped off beard of a Masjid Imam in central Kashmir’s Budgam district on Friday.

Molvi Ghulam Nabi Ghorsi was on way to Masjid in Futlipora village of Chrar-e-Sharief area early today to lead Fajr prayers when unknown persons caught hold of him and chopped off his beard, local sources said.

He fell unconscious and was shifted to Hospital, they said.

A police official in Chrar-e-Sharief confirmed the incident. The incident sent shock waves inviting condemnations from all quarters. Socio-religious organization Jamiat-e-Ahal-Hadees while condemning the incident termed it a direct attack on the religion. The organization blamed Indian agencies for the act and said that new ways and means are being adopted to harass the hapless people of Kashmir. (CNS)


Braid chopping incidents spark protests in Kashmir

Restrictions cripple life in parts of Srinagar city

Srinagar: In a bid to foil protests against unabated braid chopping incidents, authorities on Friday imposed strict restrictions in parts of Srinagar city while Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was placed under house arrest and historical Jamia Masjid was completely sealed by government forces.

The call for Valley wide protests against braid chopping incidents were given by Joint Resistance Leadership including Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik. Geelani continued to remain under house detention. Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front Chief Muhammad Yasin Malik was arrested in Kashmir capital Srinagar and lodged at Police Station Kothi Bagh while Mirwaiz was also placed under house arrest.

Reports said that authorities once again sealed the Jamia Masjid on Friday thus disallowing the faithful to offer congregational prayers inside the historic Masjid. Reports added that no Friday congregational prayers were allowed in the historic mosque.

Reports said that protests were held in different parts of Kashmir Valley after Friday congregational prayers.

Joint Resistance Leadership held a protest while carrying out a march from Abi Guzar that culminated at Press Enclave. A pro-freedom leader said that march was scheduled to be carried out from Maisuma locality, however, due to curfew and restrictions, it was taken out from Abi Guzar locality. Large number of people participated in the march. Police sealed the Abi Guzar road and didn’t allow protesters to march towards Clock Tower Lal Chowk. The protesters assembled at Press Enclave and raised anti-government and ant India slogans. They demanded action against braid choppers and blamed Indian Agencies for it.

As the protesters tried to march towards main road, police swung into action and detained dozens of protesters including Sheikh Abdul Rashid and Bashir Kashmiri.

“People held anti-braid chopping protests in Anchar area of Soura,” eye witnesses said. “They raised slogans: manzoor nahi-manzoor nahi, mulzimo ko pesh karo.”

Stone-pelting incidents were reported from Natipora and Nowgam Srinagar. Protesters pelted stones on government forces who in retaliation fired tear-smoke shells. The protesters were protesting against the unabated braid chopping incidents.

Reports said that a youth was wounded after he was hit by pellets at Natipora.

Clashes also erupted in different parts of South Kashmir’s Anantnag district. Reports said that youth took to roads and pelted stones on government forces at Reshi Bazar, Mattan Chowk and Cheeni Chowk. Traders alleged that police resorted to unprovoked shelling and fired some shells inside their shops. As a mark of protest, shopkeepers lowered their shutters and observed shutdown for the day.

For past three weeks, Kashmir witnessed over 50 incidents of braid chopping across the Valley while police so far is still clueless. A helpline has been established and a reward of six lakh rupees has also been announced on information leading to arrest of braid choppers.

Authorities also suspended the mobile Internet service in Srinagar to prevent “rumour mongering over braid chopping incidents.”

An official said that the service was suspended in view of call for protests issued by the separatist leadership today.

“4G, 3G and 2G services have been suspended across the valley,” he said. (CNS)


Braid cutting a hatched conspiracy against people of Kashmir: Aga Hasan

Budgam: Expressing anguish over the unabated braid chopping incidents across Kashmir Valley, senior pro-freedom leader and president Anjuman Shari Shian, Aga Syed Hasan Almosvi Alsafvi Friday blamed Indian agencies for the act and said that it is a hatched conspiracy against the people of Kashmir.

He said police has miserably to unfold the mystery and even it has failed to question the suspects. “The role of government is negative and our mothers and sisters are feeling insecure. People are not wrong when they raise fingers on Indian agencies,” Aga Syed Hasan said.

Asking people to be alret and cautious Aga Hasan appealed people to ensure safety and security of women folk in their respective areas.

“Unknown people have been challenging us and it is our duty to expose them. Security and chastity of women is the important element in Islam and there is no compromise on it,” he said. (CNS)



PTK reports


Man, mistook as Braid Chopper, killed by Mob in Anantnag:

 Anantnag :A 70-year-old man was allegedly killed after being hit by a brick in Danter area of Anantnag early morning today .


Alleged to be braid chopper, Abdul Salam Wani, succumbed to injuries after he was hit by a brick by a person in the mob after the mob mistook him as a braid chopper .The deceased was laid to rest in Danter Graveyard silently, reports said.


However, sources reveal that nobody came for registering an FIR in this regard. At least his close relatives must report the incident.(PTK)

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