Braid chopping: Police announces reward, helplines, probe teams

Police Friday announced a reward of Rs 3 lakh for information on braid choppers in Kashmir. It also set up helplines and probe teams in all district headquarters of the Valey.

“Police has established helplines so that people could inform and seek assistance with regard to any braid cutting incident. To speed up the investigation process, Special Investigation Teams (SITs) have also been constituted in every district headquarters of the valley,” a police spokesman said.

“General public is requested to call on the helpline numbers in case of any suspicious movement. The person who will give credible information and assist in nabbing any anti- social element found involved in such incidents will be rewarded rupees 3 lac by IG Kashmir.  The particulars of that person will be kept secret,” the spokesman said.

All the district SSPs have also been directed to utilize resources and men under their command and intensify the joint patrolling with the people of their respective jurisdictions to nab the culprits, the spokesman said.

Initially reported from Kulgam district, braid chopping incidents have spread to some other districts of the Valley during the last fortnight.

During these mysterious incidents, women who became victims of the attack said they lost consciousness temporarily. When they recovered, they found their hair had been cut.

Locals have also accused the forces of shielding alleged perpetrators of such incidents which people allege are done to scare the masses.

The help line numbers are:

In Anantnag, people can call on these numbers (Police Stations) Anantnag- 9596777621, Bijbehara- 9596777622, Mattan- 9596777623, Ashmuqam; 9596777624, Pahalgam- 9596777625, Achabal-9596777626, Kokernag- 9596777628, Dooru- 959777627, Srigufwara- 9596777629, (Police Post’s) Khanabal- 9596777631, Janglat Mandi- 9596777632, Bus stand- 9596777633, Sherbagh- 9596777630, Sangam- 9596777636, Uttersoo- 9596777635 and Larnoo-9596777634.

Helpline numbers for Kulgam:  01933260160, 7051510660.

Helpline numbers for Pulwama :  01933-241280, 241986.

Helpline numbers for  Shopian : 01933-261891, 9596768831.

Helpline numbers for Awantipora : 01933-247369, 7051404001.

Helpline numbers for  Budgam : 01951-255207, 255042, 7051531798.

Helpline numbers for  Ganderbal : 2416478, 2416564, 9622688825, 9906668731.

Helpline numbers for  Bandipora :  9596767411, 9596767421, 9596767431, 9596767415, 9596767441, 9596767440, 9596767427, 9596767430, 9596767418.

Helpline numbers for  Sopore:  9596773024, 9596773025.

Helpline numbers for Handwara : 01955-262295, 9906767076, 7051404201, 7051404206.

Helpline numbers for  Baramulla :  01952-237830, 9596767768, 9596767717.

Helpline numbers for  Kupwara : 01955-252204, 7051404938.

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