Braid-chopping: 'Mentally-challenged' man, another person rescued from mob in JK

Braid-chopping: 'Mentally-challenged' man, another person rescued from mob in JK”

As the alleged braid chopper was being beaten, a police team reached the spot and rescued him. "Some even tried to run him over with a tractor", a police officer said. He said the police has registered an FIR and identified the culprits involved in the incident.

In occupied Kashmir, the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik has called for a complete shutdown tomorrow (Saturday) against the unabated braid chopping incidents.

The mob burnt the grass and threatened him to confess of braid chopping otherwise they would set him on fire.

While reports of braid-chopping have sparked protests and agitation in Kashmir, and vigilante groups have been formed to "watch out for suspicious strangers", the climate seems just poised for a crime that has been committed against Tantray or the unsuspecting soldier. Fortunately, both were rescued with timely intervention of police.

The City's historic Grand Mosque was at dawn surrounded by dozens of gun-wielding policemen and CRPF jawans to prevent worshippers from entering it for the Friday congregation. There have been over 100 incidents of braid chopping in the Valley during last one month, and many residents believe that security forces are behind these incidents. The victims have said that unknown assailants cut their hair after knocking them unconscious with some spray. The police arrived in time to rescue the man, identified as Wasim Ahmad Tantray, but not before he was already beaten to pulp by the angry mob.

Social media is being used to spread "braid chopping" rumours in Jammu and Kashmir which is resulting attacks on innocent men.

Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kashmir Muneer Ahmad Khan said mob vigilantism won't be tolerated.

The statement said that the Hurriyat leaders criticized the police for its failure to arrest the braid-cutters. "In case, they suspect anybody, they should inform".

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has termed braid chopping incidents as "attempts to create mass hysteria". "Government will ensure steps are taken to find the motives behind these", she said after chairing a meeting of officials here.

Special investigation teams have been set up to nab those involved in braid chopping, which has created fear psychosis among the people, especially the women folk.
The police have announced a reward of Rs 6 lakh for information leading to arrest of braid choppers.

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