A boy mistaken for a braid chopper and thrashed by people in Baramulla had actually gone to meet a local girl, police said Tuesday.
“People in Delina area caught hold of a boy who they alleged was a braid chopper. A police party from Police Post Delina rushed to the spot. The boy was being beaten mercilessly when police rescued him. Large numbers of miscreants attacked the police party as well but somehow the boy was rescued from their clutches by firing tear smoke shells to disperse them. He was immediately given medical treatment,” a police spokesman said.
“During preliminary investigation the identity of the boy was established as Nayeem Ahmad Malla of Dandusa, Rafiabad . Investigation into the matter also revealed that Nayeem was in a relationship with a girl from Delina village and had gone to meet her when he was spotted and beaten up by locals there accusing him of being a braid chopper,” the spokesman said.
Police has registered a case in the matter and “miscreants involved in the violence will be dealt as per law,” the spokesman said.
“People are requested not to fall prey to rumours and it is reiterated that strict legal action will be taken against attention- seekers in the garb of braid chopping. Besides, rumor mongers and mischief mongers will also be brought to book who take advantage of the situation to disturb the peaceful atmosphere,” the spokesman said.