Skip to main content

2 Alleged Braid Choppers Arrested

Mob sets house of accused on fire in Pulwama

Pulwama—After the arrest of two alleged braid choppers by Jammu & Kashmir Police, agitated mob set the house of one of the accused on fire in Monghama village of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Wednesday.

Reports said that police had taken cognizance of a video that had gone viral on social media on October 7 in which the mother of the victim was seen accusing PDP led government and Police of shielding braid choppers. The victim (name withheld) wife of Abdul Rashid Sofi of Monghama village had alleged that miscreants cut her braid after knocking her unconscious.

Barely two days after the incident, the victim was once again allegedly attacked and again her hair was chopped off. The family of the victim claimed that they identified the miscreants and lodged a complaint at police station Pulwama.

Police sources said that both the accused were brought to police station where the family members of the victim identified them. “Currently, they are in the lock up and we are questioning them. The accused have claimed that they are working in Children’s Hospital Srinagar. We have asked the hospital authorities to provide CCTV footage to check whether at the time of incident accused were present in the hospital or they were present in Monghama village,” SSP Pulwama Chowdhary Muhammad Aslam told news agency CNS.

SSP Pulwama said that they have assured the victims family that thorough probe will be conducted and if proved, accused will be dealt as per law.

The accused have been identified as Muhamamd Shafi Sheikh of Monghama and Gulzar Mochi of Sonwar Srinagar.

Meanwhile, agitated people set the house of one of the accused Muhammad Shafi Shiekh on fire in Monghama village, a report confirmed by police, said.

“We have taken cognizance of the incident. Action will be initiated against the guilty,” said SSP Pulwama.

Be part of Open Journalism

At Kashmir Observer we pride ourselves for being open, honest and unbiased. If you have noticed we haven’t put up a paywall unlike many news organisations, – as we want to keep our journalism open. We believe journalism should be open, fearless and unbiased. Open information helps with informed decisions.

Journalism takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce, despite all the hardships we still do it, because we believe our perspective matters – because it might well be your perspective, too. Today more people are reading Kashmir Observer than ever, but only a handful are paying and advertising revenues across the media industry is falling fast.

If everyone who reads our reporting, helps to support it, our future would be much more secure and we will be able to keep our and your perspective going. So if we may ask, we ask your help in keeping the Kashmir Observer’s journalism fair and square.


No personal attacks or insults, no hate speech, no profanity. Please keep the conversation civil and help us moderate this thread by reporting any abuse. See our Commenting rules.

The opinions expressed in reader contributions are those of the respective author only, and do not reflect the opinions/views of Kashmir Observer or/and it's affiliate.