Govt. caught between braid chop­ping and mil­i­tancy re­lated vi­o­lence


The coali­tion Govern­ment, led by Me­hbooba Mufti,seems to be caught between braid chop­ping in­ci­dents and the over­all in­ci­dents of vi­o­lence. De­spite the fact that the po­lice and the in­tel­li­gence agen­cies have set up teams to probe into th­ese in­ci­dents there is no break­through thereby adding to the se­cu­rity con­cerns. Calls for shut­downs and protests, given by the sep­a­ratists, are a ploy to di­vert the at­ten­tion of the Govern­ment that is wish­ing to book var­i­ous sep­a­ratists for fund­ing mil­i­tancy. Po­lit­i­cal and se­cu­rity ex­perts are of the view that braid chop­ping has been re­sorted to not only to de­rail peace but to keep the Govern­ment en­gaged in new de­vel­op­ment so that NIA does not raid houses of sep­a­rate ists and their sup­port­ers. Braid chop­ping in­ci­dents in the Val­ley have shown no de­cline forc­ing peo­ple to con­tinue to take to roads to protest against such in­ci­dents. The fresh braid chop­ping in­ci­dents have evoked peo­ples’ protests. The pro­test­ers mostly women as­sem­bled out­side JVC Hospi­tal Bem­ina and ac­cused po­lice of sav­ing the sus­pects while thrash­ing those who raise their voice against th­ese un­abated in­ci­dents. The youth blocked the road and clashed with po­lice­men, who re­sorted to tearsmoke shelling to dis­perse them. Large num­ber of stu­dents car­ry­ing plac­ards and ban­ners sought iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of braid chop­pers. They al­leged that po­lice has failed to iden­tify and nab the crim­i­nals, who are play­ing with the hon­our and dig­nity of Kash­miri fe­males. The fresh braid chop­ping in­ci­dent was also re­ported from Kar­nal­bagh, Sam­boora area of South Kash­mir’s Pul­wama district. Lo­cals said that a biker ap­peared dur­ing morn­ing hours and chopped braid of a young girl. The in­ci­dent ag­i­tated peo­ple, who dis­rupted traf­fic on Sri­na­garpul­wama road and de­manded ac­tion against cul­prits. In Mala­pora area of Pul­wama district, the braid of a young girl was chopped off this af­ter­noon, spark­ing protest in the area. The braid chop­ping in­ci­dent was also re­ported from Bandi area of Uri, where hair of an 18-year-old girl was chopped by un­known per­sons (KIP)

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