Per­pe­tra­tors man­age to re­main elu­sive in UP

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THE braid chop­ping in­ci­dents in Ut­tar Pradesh were re­ported in western UP dis­tricts of Mathura, Agra, Ha­pur, Ali­garh, Noida.

The women were struck by the mys­te­ri­ous chop­per in sleep dur­ing the night. Many vic­tim s had to be ad­mit­ted to hospi­tal in a state of shock af­ter the in­ci­dent.

Sub­se­quently, po­lice au­thor­i­ties in­creased night pa­trolling in af­fected ar­eas. Even the vil­lage men armed with ba­ton and other am­mu­ni­tion started guard­ing women in shifts.

In some dis­tricts, the in­ci­dents of braid chop­ping were re­ported dur­ing the day time but the per­pe­tra­tors man­aged to re­main elu­sive.

An el­derly wo­man was lynched by vil­lagers in Agra sus­pect­ing her to be in­volved in witch­craft and braid chop­ping in­ci­dents. Scores of such in­ci­dents were re­ported from other places also, but noth­ing con­crete could be es­tab­lished about the strange el­e­ment be­hind the the­ory.

How­ever, some of the vic­tims claimed that they saw a shadow of buck-teethed char­ac­ter ap­proach­ing them in the dark­ness of night. It was at­trib­uted to ex­or­cists, and su­per nat­u­ral pow­ers but noth­ing con­crete came out.

Fi­nally, po­lice au­thor­i­ties is­sued ap­peal to peo­ple to be watch­ful of ru­mour mon­gers. Ad­vi­sories were is­sued to all the district chiefs and se­nior po­lice of­fi­cials across the state to be on high alert against any such ac­tiv­ity or the per­pe­tra­tors of it. Role of any or­gan­ised crim­i­nal gang was ruled by po­lice of­fi­cials.

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