Braid chopping: Police asks public to ‘refrain from cacophonic psychosis’

Amid mounting anger in Kashmir over unabated incidents of braid chopping, the police Tuesday held public meetings in Ganderbal and Anantnag districts.

Police officers “sought the support of public in order to solve the mystery of braid chopping. The officers also advised the participants that they should inform police in case they find any suspicious movement of any person and should refrain from cacophonic psychosis,” a police spokesman .

The officers said that police was “investigating each and every incident of braid chopping and people should not pay attention to rumours. The facts will come out soon.”

In Ganderbal , the police- public meetings were held at Police Post Shadipora, Sub Division Kangan  and Police Station Gund, , the spokesman said.

The meetings were chaired by DySP Aashiq Hussain,  SDPO Kangan Umar Shah and In-charge SHO Bashir Ahmad.

In Anantnag, the meeting was held at Police station Srigufwara and chaired by SDPO Bijbehara.

Protests erupted in Ganderbal and Srinagar on Tuesday over fresh incidents of alleged braid chopping.

People took to streets in Habba Kadal area of Srinagar over the braid chopping of a woman in the Karfalli Mohalla locality earlier this morning.  Shouting anti-government and pro-freedom slogans, the protestors including children and women demanded action against the culprits.

Protests were also held in Arhama and Kujar areas of Ganderbal after unknown persons chopped off the braid of two girls, aged 15 and 10.

Police did not issue a statement on these incidents.

Panic has gripped the Kashmir valley following a spate of  braid-chopping incidents across the Valley during the last month . Police, however, has not been able to arrest a single culprit despite announcing reward money, helplines and probe teams to crack the case.

 

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