Kashmir shuts: Militants, Indian Army men suspected as brain choppers attacked


CNS reports from Indian occupied Kashmir


Srinagar: Life was paralyzed across Kashmir due to pro freedom leadership sponsored shutdown call against unabated mysterious braid chopping incidents.

Authorities had imposed restrictions in parts of Srinagar city to stop possible protests while shops and business establishments remained shut across Valley.

“Restrictions had been imposed in areas falling under the jurisdiction of Nowhatta, M.R. Gunj, Rainawari, Khanyar, Safa Kadal, Maisuma and Kralkhud police stations of old Srinagar city,” said a police official.

Reports said that large number of government forces personnel had been deployed in restive parts of Srinagar city to maintain law and order. Concertina wires had been laid at different intersections to restrict the movement of the people.

The Joint Resistance Leadership led by Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin had called for ‘civil curfew’ on Saturday against braid chopping incidents. In wake of people thrashing suspects these leaders have appealed to people to hand them to Masjid Committees and not to deal with them directly.

The separatists have blamed the police for its failure to nabbing the culprits.

Reports said that complete shutdown was observed in all the districts and town of Kashmir Valley.

All exams scheduled for Saturday had been postponed by the University of Kashmir.

There have been over 120 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 and militants on suspicion of being braid choppers.

Train service was suspended for “security reasons” in wake of shutdown.

“We have suspended all trains in the valley for security reasons,” a senior railway official said.

According to him, an advisory had been received from police to suspend all trains on Saturday.

Therefore, he said, no train can chug on Srinagar-Budgam to Baramulla and similarly no train will run on Srinagar-Anantnag-Qazigund to Banihal, he added.

Meanwhile, a fresh braid chopping incident sparked protest in North Kashmir’s Bandipora district. Reports said that braid of a 35-year-old woman was chopped off in Nowpora locality of the district.

They said that some unknown person attacked the woman (name withheld) near main gate of her house, making her unconscious and left after chopping her hair.

“She was going to unlock the main gate of the house around6:30 am when she was attacked by an unknown person. After chopping her hair, the person fled. He also stole her golden earring,” they said.

At Ahmednagar locality in the outskirts of Srinagar city, the braid of a woman was chopped off by miscreants, triggering protests. The protesting locals demanded the immediate arrest of braid choppers.

Cooperating with police the locals in Central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district handed over at least six suspects who were roaming in suspicious manner to police.

The incident occurred in Repora village of Ganderbal district.

“It is quite appreciable that locals handed over these men to us without taking law into their own hands. During investigation it revealed that accused hail from Sadarkote Bala of Bandipora district. One among these six friends had arrived in the area to meet on the local friend,” he said adding that they were not braid choppers.

Hair of over 100 women and young girls has been mysteriously chopped off across the Valley during past month.

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.

At several places, vigilante mobs have thrashed innocents mistaking them for braid choppers.

The growing incidents have forced people to form local committees in every locality who remain awake throughout the night to ensure no braid cutting incident occurs.

These incidents have already created fear psychosis across Kashmir with fear griping the women folk who find it very difficult to venture out of their homes. (CNS)


Mistaken as braid choppers hair vigilantes thrash Hizb militants

Pulwama: At a time when hair vigilantes are manhandling braid chopping suspects in different parts of Valley, the locals in South Kashmir’s Pulwama village reportedly thrashed a group of Hizbul Mujhadeen militants on Friday night.

Locals from Thokarpora village, barely 7 kilometers away from Pulwama district told news agency CNS that a group of three Hizb militants were passing through the village, when hair vigilantes stopped and questioned them.

“As the vigilantes equipped with sticks, iron rods and spades found the trio armed, they thrashed them mercilessly even though one of them was repeatedly telling them that he is Hizb militant Sameer Tiger,” said an eyewitness.

“Vigilantes continuously harassed, thrashed and abused them. Some of the vigilantes even tried to snatch weapons from them, which they resisted. The agitated locals were labeling them as braid choppers,” said the villagers witness to the account.

According to them, the trio managed to escape from the spot after their two more associates appeared there and fired at least 8 rounds in air. “The aerial firing created panic forcing the vigilantes to disperse from the spot,” they said.

Locals said that government forces rushed to the village after the incident and cordoned off the hamlet, however, no arrests were made as the militants had managed to leave the village.

A police official while confirming the incident said that five Hizbul Mujhadeen militants were passing through the village in two groups. “Three militants were thrashed by locals of Thokarpora village who mistook them as braid choppers while another group comprising two militants came to their rescue after resorting to aerial firing,” he said. (CNS)


Braid Chopping: 18 arrested on charges of assault on Indian Army men: Police

Baramulla: On October 18, 2017 Police Station Sheeri received information that a violent unruly mob has caught hold of three Territorial Army men assaulting them mercilessly with an intention to kill them.

Thereafter Police Party from Police Station Sheeri rushed to the spot and after strenuous efforts rescued the Indian Army men in injured condition who were given immediate medical treatment.

A case FIR No. 48 of 2017 under sections of 307, 148, 149 RPC was registered in Police Station Sheeri.

During investigation, it surfaced that the three Territorial Army men were on board a passenger vehicle to withdraw money from ATM in Sheeri market and get the search lights repaired.

They had boarded the passenger vehicle at Kitchama and from the same spot a notorious stone pelter Qaiser Bilal Bhat son of Bilal Ahmad Bhat resident of Zoogiyar also boarded the same passenger bus.

The said person hatched a conspiracy to get Army men killed by falsely accusing them as braid choppers.

He raised hue and cry near Sheeri Market, and got a violent mob assembled who attacked the Army men.

Police has so far arrested 18 accused including the main conspirators in the case and recovered looted cash, ATM cards and mobile phones from them.

Police has also learnt during investigation of these so called braid chopping cases that some elements are raising false alarms to achieve three objectives-disturb peace and order of the Valley-to create animosity between people and security forces especially J&K Police-to create an atmosphere of fear and uncertainty for force women folk to get confined in their homes, so that radical religious agenda of these elements is realized.  They raise Zakir Moosa slogans to make their intentions public.

People are requested not to pay heed to any rumours and help Police to create conducive and peaceful atmosphere and give confidence to our women to overcome the fear psychosis. (CNS)

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