Braid Cutting Mystery: Army Accused of Rescuing Culprit

KLGAM—Residents from Chimar hamlet of South Kashmir’s Kulgam district Wednesday alleged that Army rescued a criminal after he chopped off the braid of a native girl on Wednesday morning.

According to locals, a criminal entered into the secluded house of one Nazir Ahmed Khan and chopped off the hair of her daughter Reenu Jan.

“Shortly after the incident, locals captured the culprit but to our shock, army men emerged within no time and resorted to aerial firing. A civilian Zakir Ahmed Laway son of Muhammad Maqbool was wounded and referred to Srinagar hospital. The army after resorting to firing rescued the criminal and took him along with them,” said a group of villagers to news agency CNS.

The agitated locals took to roads after the incident and pelted stones on government forces. The clashes left many people wounded. As per locals, the government forces used tear-smoke shells to disperse the protesters who shouted anti-India and pro-freedom slogans.

The clashes between protesters and the government forces created panic in the area.  Government High School was closed down for the day due to uncertain situation.

Reports said that residents continued to protest demanding a thorough investigation into the matter and registration of case against security personnel for rescuing the criminal responsible for the braid chopping act.

Pertinently, same allegations were levelled by locals on Army in Malwan village of the district on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, at Yamrach village of the same district, the braid of a young girl was chopped off during mid-night hours of Tuesday. The victim has been identified as Mahroofa Jan, daughter of Ghulam Ahmed Ganaie.

When contacted, a top police official from the district denied the reports that anybody has suffered any injury. He added that a hoax was created to malign the image of army. “After the incident, we asked people to record their statements but nobody came forward,” he said. (CNS)

Hurriyat Steps In

Expressing concern over the growing incidents of braid chopping in several parts of Kashmir valley, especially in the South the Hurriyat Conference (M) spokesman Wednesday said the elements behind these immoral and criminal activities should be exposed before public.

The spokesman said such inhuman and degraded acts are done in order to create an atmosphere of fear and insecurity among the women in Kashmir.

The spokesman said, it is unfortunate that authorities who are ever ready to put youth raising voice for the just cause behind the bars have miserably failed to nab the culprits involved in braid chopping.

Govt Sets Up Helpline

Deputy Commissioner Anantnag, Mohammad Younis Malik on Wednesday established a dedicated helpline to mitigate the anxiety of the public following series of braid cutting incidents.

In this regard, public has been informed to contact 9419047052/ 9419367252 for any help or registration of any grievance in this regard.

Clear Your Stand on Braid Chopping Incidents: Ex- Minister  
President of Jammu Kashmir Democratic Party (Nationalist) and former minister Ghulam Hassan Mir has asked the state government to make its stand clear on braid chopping incidents in Kashmir.

In view of fingers being raised at the security forces, Mir said it becomes incumbent on the J&K government to come clear on the incidents of braid chopping.
“The incidents of braid chopping are worrying. People are raising fingers at security forces and government should immediately identify the people behind the braid chopping and take action against them,” Mir said.

He said the braid chopping would add to already existing mistrust and alienation in Kashmir. “There is uncertainty in south Kashmir and women feel insecure. I don’t think it should happen when we have a woman Chief Minister here,” he said.

Mir said government should take measures to make women feel secure and address to the mistrust brewing in Kashmir. “Government should take measures to rebuild the trust and confidence among the people before the situation slips out of hands,” he said.

A Deep Rooted Conspiracy: Jama’at

Jama’t-e-Islami Jammu and Kashmir has expressed deep concern over the continuous braid chopping incidents in the Kashmir Valley and termed it a part of deep rooted conspiracy. 

“For past several weeks many parts of valley witnessed braid chopping of teen girls especially in South Kashmir which has left women folk in chaos and confusion”, Jam’at said in a statement. 
“In this atmosphere teen girls are scared from coming out their homes even men are hesitating to come out for Fajr and Isha prayers as they feel more such attacks can happen in their absence”, Jam’at said and accused New-Delhi pf being hell bent upon  derailing the pace of freedom struggle which has gained momentum after July 2016. 

“To put obstacles in the movement, New-Delhi has come up with such mean tactics to harass people of Kashmir psychologically as such tools were being used in past as well”, Jam’at alleged. 
Jam’at said during 1990’s “ghost” tactic was used to threaten and suppress the voice of Kashmiris but Almighty Allah failed the nefarious design to distract people of valley from the goal of Azadi. 

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