Locals help police rescue foreign tourists mistaken for ‘braid-choppers’

Six foreign tourists held up by a mob after they were mistaken for braid-choppers were rescued by police with the help of locals in Srinagar on Sunday.

Police said a group of foreign tourists including three from Australia and one each from Britain, Ireland and South Korea were held up by some youth after they got lost in Rainawari interiors.

“The group of foreign tourists were returning from the Ladakh region when a group of youth mistook them as braid choppers and held them up in Rainawari area. However, some locals tried to rescue the tourists and called police,” said a police official, adding a police team reached the area immediately and rescued the group.

The Valley has been in the throes of a public outcry following mysterious incidents of braid chopping at over two dozen places during the last one month.

Police has, so far, not been able to arrest a single culprit in these mysterious occurrences.

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