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Why police is failing to identify the brains behind braid chopping, as the incidents are gripping Srinagar

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VOV Correspondent:

Srinagar: Fresh two incidents of alleged braid chopping at Bemina and Khanyar in Srinagar city on Wednesday has once more shown how city is becoming now a victim uncertainty and fear among the womenfolk. From Batamaloo, now it has spread to the other parts of Srinagar city, sparking of protests and instilling fear among the women folk who are demanding an end to such scary situation for them.

Frequently such incidents are happening despite claims by the police that they were about to crack this entire mysterious ring of incidents in entire Kashmir. The two incidents in Srinagar have triggered protests by women and they blocked the roads demanding the arrest of culprits while raising anti-police and anti-government slogans.

The government has already said that they will very soon nab the culprits and J&K Police has dished out Rs. 6.00 lakh bounty on any one who will provide credible information leading to the arrest of braid choppers. In a sensitive place like Kashmir, braid chopping incidents have taken political colours. The ruling PDP has blamed opposition and even the police chief S.P. Vaid recently said that they cannot rule out the role of separatists and militants in such incidents to incite violence and protests.

The people in various parts of Kashmir have a perception that the braid chopping incidents are being done at the behest of army and other government agencies. At Chimmer village of Kulgam protesting people recently alleged that they caught hold of two braid choppers and they were finally rescued by army while thrashing the villagers. Similarly at Bemina on the outskirts of Srinagar today people claimed that they have nabbed two alleged braid choppers along with arms. They further claimed that they were non-locals, adding to the rumours that all this braid chopping is being done at the behest of government agencies.

Opposition parties including National Conference and Congress have blamed army for these incidents. Dr Mustafa Kamal senior National Conference and younger brother of Dr Farooq Abdullah in a recent interview blamed army for braid chopping incidents. Separatists and militants while demanding immediate arrest of the culprits have blamed government agencies for such incidents across Kashmir. In absence of any progress by police despite forming SITs in every district, announcing cash reward and having 45 complaints of braid chopping in different police stations are all making the mystery more thick.

In the past several weeks, many outside labourers, many street Romeos, and thieves were forced to bear the brunt of public wrath as people caught hold of these persons on mere suspicion and they were thrashed. At many places police intervened and saved their lives. As the suspicion about the strangers in different localities and villages of Kashmir is becoming stronger, there is likelihood of any untoward incident because of public anger against braid chopping.

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