Fresh braid-chopping in Srinagar, people protest
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Srinagar: The braid-chopping incidents in the Valley continue unabated as a fresh incident occurred in Srinagar’s Batamaloo area today morning. 

Gulshana, 35, was attacked by two masked men at her residence at Lane 14, Firdous Abad, Batamaloo at 7:45 am, and her braid was cut during the attack, locals told Narrator.

Her husband, Muhammad Akther, had gone to buy bread and milk for the breakfast when two men approached her, sprayed “something” in her eyes and cut her braid, Ashiq Hussain, her neighbour, said.

“I heard a shriek and went outside to inquire what happened. I found Gulshana on the ground, unconscious with her braid cut and thrown on the ground,” Hussain said.

Hussain also said that her golden earrings were also missing from her ears. In earlier cases, no stealing was reported.

Gulshana was taken to hospital by her neighbours where she was discharged immediately after regaining consciousness.

“We tried to contact the police, but they didn’t respond to our calls. It was all mayhem in the locality,” Hussain added.

Other locals who immediately rushed to the Gulshana’s home couldn’t trace the masked men, who, according to locals, “vanished into thin air like spooks after cutting her braid”.

As the word spread about the incident in the area, youth hit the streets to protest the “inaction of police” to nab the culprits.

Police tried to thwart the protest and resorted to teargas shelling on locals, ensuing stone-pelting.

Earlier, the police had downplayed the hype surrounding these incidents by terming it “mass hysteria”.

Locals, however, decry police’s “inaction to solve the mystery behind these cases”.

Pertinently, pro-freedom camp has called for a shutdown tomorrow to protest against these incidents.

“When police can solve militancy related cases in a jiffy, why they fail to secure civilian lives. I think the police seldom bothers about civilian issues and have turned the department into an anti-militancy institution,” alleged a local.

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