Vi­o­lent protest in Srinagar over braid chop­ping in­ci­dents

Financial Chronicle - - FUNDAMENTALS, POLITICS -

A PROTEST against the ris­ing braid chop­ping in­ci­dents in Kash­mir on Wed­nes­day turned vi­o­lent in Bata­maloo area of the city as pro­tes­tors pelted stones on law en­forc­ing agen­cies, the po­lice said.

Res­i­dents of Bata­maloo area staged a protest against the al­leged in­ac­tion of po­lice against braid chop­pers fol­low­ing a fresh at­tack in the lo­cal­ity early this morn­ing. Sources said the pro­tes­tors turned vi­o­lent when they were asked to dis­perse and started pelt­ing stones. Po­lice used force to dis­perse the pro­tes­tors, the sources added. The mar­ket in the area was shut down for the day.

The braid chop­ping in­ci­dents have cre­ated a fear psy­chosis among res­i­dents of Kash­mir, par­tic­u­larly women, as the cul­prits have been car­ry­ing out their at­tacks reg­u­larly.

An­other braid chop­ping in­ci­dent was re­ported from Bandi area of Uri on Wed­nes­day where hair of an 18-year-old girl was chopped by mis­cre­ants when she had gone to a wash­room out­side her home in the early hours.

While po­lice has formed spe­cial in­ves­ti­ga­tion teams, they have not been able to catch any of the cul­prits even as the num­ber of at­tacks has crossed 60 across Kash­mir Val­ley.

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