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Protests, clashes after fresh braid chopping incidents
Mob sets ablaze house of accused in Pulwama
SRINAGAR, Oct 11: Angry mob set ablaze the house of persons, whom the people blamed for braid chopping incident, at Monghama in Pulwama. Earlier the accused was detained by police for questioning along with other accused.

Reports said that police took cognizance of a video that had gone viral on social media on October 7 in which the mother of the victim was seen accusing cops of shielding braid choppers. The victim (name withheld) wife of Abdul Rashid Sofi of Monghama village had alleged that miscreants cut her braid after knocking her unconscious.

Barely two days after the incident, the victim was once again allegedly attacked and again her hair was chopped off. The family of the victim claimed that they identified the miscreants and lodged a complaint at police station Pulwama.

Police said both the accused were brought to police station where the family members of the victim identified them. “Currently, they are in the lock up and we are questioning them. The accused have claimed that they are working in Children’s Hospital Srinagar. We have asked the Hospital authorities to provide CCTV footage to check whether at the time of incident accused were present in the hospital or they were present in Monghama village,” SSP Pulwama Chowdhary Mohammad Aslam said.

SSP Pulwama said that they have assured the victims family that thorough probe will be conducted and if proved, action will be taken under law. The accused have been identified as Mohamamd Shafi Sheikh of Monghama and Gulzar Mochi of Sonwar Srinagar.

Meanwhile, agitated people set the house of one of the accused Muhammad Shafi Shiekh on fire in Monghama village, a report confirmed by police.

“We have taken cognizance of the incident. Action will be initiated against the guilty,” said SSP Pulwama.

Meanwhile, the fresh braid chopping incident at Batamaloo Srinagar sparked protest on Wednesday while police have reportedly arrested a suspect. In the past couple of days, several braid chopping incidents have been reported from Batamaloo area.

The protesters mostly women assembled outside JVC Hospital Bemina and accused police of saving the suspects while thrashing those who raise their voice against these unabated incidents. The youth blocked the road while police resorted to tear-smoke shelling to disperse them.

While talking to reporters, one of the protesting women said that on Tuesday night people chased some suspects in Bemina area, while in no time police appeared and took the suspects in their custody.

Braid chopping incidents sparked a protest inside Kashmir Polytechnic College here in Gogjibagh Srinagar. Large number of students carrying placards and banners seeking the identification of braid choppers participated in the protest. They alleged that police have miserably failed to identify and nab the criminals who are playing with the honour and dignity of Kashmiri females.

Protests erupted while locals blocked Srinagar-Pulwama road after a fresh incident of braid chopping was reported from Karnalbagh Samboora area of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district.

Locals told media that a biker appeared during morning hours and chopped the braid of a young girl. The incident agitated people who disrupted traffic on the roads. They demanded action against culprits.

In South Kashmir’s Malapora area of Pulwama district, the braid of a young girl was chopped off on Wednesday afternoon, sparking protest in the area.

Another braid chopping incident was reported from Bandi area of Uri where hair of an 18-year-old girl was chopped by miscreants when she had gone to a washroom outside her home in the early hours.

News Updated at : Thursday, October 12, 2017
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