Braid chop­ping spark panic across Kash­mir as fresh in­ci­dents con­tinue Peo­ple smell foul; want govt to act

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There seems to be no end to the mys­te­ri­ous braid chop­ping in­ci­dents as the fresh in­ci­dents were Thurs­day again re­ported in parts of Kash­mir. The stu­dents at var­si­ties as well as the lo­cals hit the streets to protest against the braid chop­ping in­ci­dents.

The braid chop­pers in this af­ter­noon chopped off the hair of a 17-year-old girl in Wakoora area of Cen­tral Kash­mir's Budgam district and in Bata­maloo area of Sri­na­gar.

"Some un­known per­sons to­day chopped braid of a 17year old girl by forcibly tak­ing her to bath room in­side the res­i­den­tial house," lo­cal sources as per the KNS cor­re­spon­dent in­formed, adding that the girl (name with­held) was later shifted to lo­cal pri­mary health cen­tre for med­i­cal checkup.

The num­ber of th­ese in­ci­dents is in­creas­ing rapidly as the ad­min­is­tra­tion has so far failed to nab the cul­prits be­hind the braid chop­ping.

The braid chop­ping in­ci­dents have cre­ated panic among the lo­cal pop­u­lace in Kash­mir es­pe­cially among the wom­en­folk

who now feel in­se­cure to sit alone at their re­spec­tive homes.

Mean­while lo­cal peo­ple claimed that they have caught two al­leged braid chop­pers who ac­cord­ing to them were mov­ing sus­pi­ciously in the area. The al­leged braid chop­pers as per lo­cals were car­ry­ing some sus­pi­cious ma­te­rial like scis­sor and other things.

BMO Wakoora Gan­der­bal, Dr Waseem told KNS over phone that peo­ple brought a mi­nor girl here who was well in her full con­scious­ness.

"The girl told us that two un­known per­sons caught hold of her and chopped her braid in­side home," he said, clar­i­fy­ing that there was no is­sue of us­ing spray on the girl.

Chief Med­i­cal Of­fi­cer Gan­der­bal, Dr. Peerzada Fayaz con­firmed that doc­tors at PHC Wakoora ex­am­ined the girl med­i­cally. He said he was not the ap­pro­pri­ate author­ity to fur­ther com­ment on the is­sue.

Mean­while, sit­u­a­tion in Wakoora area turned ugly when po­lice and forces used tear­gas shells against the peo­ple who caught hold of two peo­ple al­legedly in­volved in braid chop­ping.

The fresh in­ci­dent of braid chop­ping was also re­ported in SD Colony area of Bata­maloo to­day. The braid chop­ping in the colony here was re­ported for the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive day to­day.

The lo­cals es­pe­cially the youth later as­sem­bled on the roads and protested against the in­ci­dent.

Mean­while, on the call given by the Joint Re­sis­tance Lead­er­ship (JRL), the stu­dents of Kash­mir Univer­sity and Cen­tral Univer­sity Kash­mir to­day protested against the mys­te­ri­ous braid chop­ping in­ci­dents.

Scores of stu­dents putting in hos­tel as­sem­bled on the Kash­mir Univer­sity premises and chanted slo­gans against the braid chop­ping in­ci­dents. The KU stu­dents de­manded au­thor­i­ties to nab the cul­prits im­me­di­ately.

The CUK stu­dents also raised slo­gans in fa­vor of Azadi and al­leged that the Govern­ment of In­dia is be­hind such events in Kash­mir.

The var­sity stu­dents said that the sis­ters as well the moth­ers

in the so­ci­ety are feel­ing in­se­cure with the grow­ing in­ci­dents of braid chop­ping while the ad­min­is­tra­tion has failed to en­sure the safety and the se­cu­rity of wom­en­folk. The lo­cals of Ban­pora Naik­bagh in Nowgam area also staged protest against the braid chop­ping in­ci­dents. The women pro­test­ers took to streets and blocked the roads for sev­eral min­utes amid chant­ing anti-govern­ment slo­gans. They urged Po­lice depart­ment to speed up the in­ves­ti­ga­tion and trace the cul­prits be­hind.

Mean­while, the grow­ing in­ci­dents con­tinue to give sleep­less nights to the peo­ple of Kash­mir es­pe­cially the youth who re­main vig­i­lant dur­ing the night hours to pre­vent the chop­ping in­ci­dents.

The youth in old city ar­eas are be­ing seen in the lanes and the roads in wake of the braid chop­ping in­ci­dents.

The lo­cal youth here as per the sources have for­mu­lated groups to re­main vig­i­lant in the night hours to pre­vent braid chop­ping in­ci­dents that are grow­ing with each pass­ing day from last four weeks in Kash­mir. (KNS)

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