October 2017 News

Braid-chopping Continues, So Do Protests, Clashes

8 October 2017
Kashmir Reader
Aakash Hassan

Srinagar: Fresh braid-chopping incidents were reported in Srinagar, Kulgam, Pampore, Shopian and Baramulla on Sunday, causing protests and clashes with government forces for yet another day in Kashmir. In Khrew area of Pampore, panic spread early in the morning after the braid of a middle-aged woman was mysteriously chopped. Locals said that the lady was found in an unconscious state, with her braid cut. The woman was immediately taken to a nearby hospital. Locals then held a protest demonstration. Reports said that the market in the area remained closed for the entire day. In Firdousabad locality of Batamaloo in Srinagar, the braid of a woman, in her 40s, was cut in mysterious circumstances. Her family said that she was standing on the plinth of her house when her braid was cut. The family also alleged that her earrings were stolen. Clashes broke out in the area between police and locals after the incident. Police restored to teargas shelling to disperse the stone-pelting youth. Protests were also reported from Laseerpora Noorabad area of Kulgam after the braid of a young woman was chopped. Locals came out on the roads to demand the arrest of culprits. 'This was the second attempt when the lady was attacked,' a local told Kashmir Reader. Another incident was reported from Dardparen Khuri Batpora village of Kulgam where the braid of an elderly woman was chopped. A similar incident of braid-chopping was reported from Wachii area of Shopian but could not be confirmed. Later in the evening, another incident of braid-chopping was reported from north Kashmir's Baramulla town. As per the family sources, the braid of the girl was chopped in her room by some unknown persons who sprayed her face, leaving her unconscious. The culprits fled soon after, the family members said, adding that the girl was rushed to District Hospital Baramulla for treatment. Meanwhile, after a daylong shutdown, telecom companies restored 2G internet service in Baramulla district on Sunday afternoon. On Saturday morning, the telecom companies were ordered by the administration to shut the internet services in view of fresh incidents of braid-chopping in Tangmarg and Sangri areas of the district. Director General of Police SP Vaid on Sunday said that there has been no breakthrough so far into the mysterious braid-chopping incidents. 'I am looking for a jaadu ki chhadi (magic stick),' the DGP said of his hopes for solving this mystery.