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Another bout of chaos in Valley
Braid-chopping incidents and emanating panic need efficient policing and fair probes, not illogical theories
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The panic and chaos created by the braid chopping incidents in Jammu and Kashmir, particularly the Valley, where there has been a sudden spurt in such incidents in the last two weeks, are more than a cause for concern. The increasing and uncontrolled phenomenon also reflects the failure of the police and the security apparatus. Jammu and Kashmir has a hugely disproportionate size of security apparatus and much of this huge security paraphernalia is based in the Valley. Every inch and corner of the Valley is constantly under surveillance and thus suspicion arises on why this huge apparatus is unable to both prevent and investigate these incidents as braid choppers appear to have become omnipresent with incidents having traveled from south Kashmir to other parts of Kashmir. Skepticism also arises from the manner in which different government functionaries are giving two different explanations for the mysterious incidents. While some politicians have vowed to crackdown on braid-choppers, the police has announced a reward for nabbing the culprits. At the same time, while going slack on investigations and efficient policing, police officers have been busy inventing the theory of 'hysteria' to explain the braid chopping incidents. Though some incidents stemming from psychological distress, which abounds in the Valley, and consequent hysteria cannot be totally ruled out, the sudden sprouting of mass-hysteria in a manner that follows the same pattern from one case to another is inexplicable. It arouses more than curiosity that the 'hysteria' travelled from parts of North India to the valley via Jammu. Interestingly when the braid chopping incidents started in Jammu region, they stopped elsewhere in the country. By the time the mysterious braid choppings reached their crescendo in the Valley, the reports of similar incidents from Jammu region stopped. Is there a valid explanation from the police and psychiatrists about this traveling hysteria which stops, once it has shifted focus elsewhere and found a new home?

The panic and anxiety that these increasing incidents have evoked in the Valley is acute because of the existing abnormality of the region, where panic is deep-rooted due to an ongoing and intractable conflict. Widespread protests are erupting on a daily basis and panic stricken mobs are pouncing on every stranger as a suspect, in one case leading to the killing of an elderly man. Such a phenomenon necessitates the immediacy of fair and thorough investigations into each incident. There are as yet no signs to suggest that all the victims have been examined adequately medically, whether their statements have been recorded and whether forensic evidence including hair samples and possible use of chemicals to make the victims unconscious have been taken and tested. Many victims have deflated the claims of the police that the victims are unwilling to co-operate in the investigations. While the possibility of victims' hesitation, stemming possibly from lack of faith in police or otherwise, cannot entirely be ruled out, the police is answerable for the laxity it is showing in collection of evidence. Contradictions have also appeared over the official and civilian versions over a 'suspect' being caught and let off, both blaming each other for making good his escape. Whatever be the case, it does not absolve the police of its evident procrastination in the probes. The separatists who have now started giving strike calls over the braid-chopping incidents have alleged that security agencies are behind these incidents with an explicit aim to create panic. While only a fair probe can settle such suspicions, if there is method in this madness, the obvious aim is to create panic and push the Valley into deeper chaos. By taking to streets, observing strikes and mobs picking on any passer-by as a suspect, the people of the Valley will only be making such possible designs successful. Their concerns in the light of the many emerging questions related to this mystery are indeed valid but they must prepare themselves with patience and pragmatism to be able to defeat the alleged designs. In this endless drama being enacted, the only thing that emerges for sure is that there are loopholes in the official version of the story and the investigating agencies have not even made half an effort in getting to the bottom of the mystery. The question is whether this is by complacency or design. All these angles must be probed and speedily so. Kashmir is too sensitive a region to allow for complacency or politicking even on this bizarre issue of braid-chopping.

News Updated at : Monday, October 9, 2017
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