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Incidents of ‘braid-chopping’ create unrest in Kashmir

Statesman News Service | Jammu |

Clashes were reported in in Anantnag district of South Kashmir on Saturday following incidents of alleged ‘braid- chopping’ of women by unidentified miscreants.

Violence triggered at the Lal Chowk area of Anantnag after an incident of ‘braid-chopping’ in the Nihama village of Kulgam district was reported. The clashes spread to Achhabal bus stand and various other places of the district.

More than 70 incidents of ‘braid-chopping’ have been allegedly reported in the Jammu city and other districts of the region, including Kathua, Sabma, Udhampur, Rajouri, Reasi, Doda and Kishtwar.

The police in the Kashmir valley have announced a reward of Rs. 3 lakh for information about the incidents.

‘Braid-chopping’ has become yet another cause of violence particularly in the South Kashmir where the security forces had recently eliminated several top commanders of different terrorist outfits.

On Friday, Hurriyat leader Syed Alishah Geelani blamed the security forces for the ‘braid-chopping’ incidents to create a scare in the valley.

Special Investigation Teams (SITs) have been constituted in each district of the valley to expedite investigation of such incidents. Police phone help-lines have also been established at the district and sub-division levels for this purpose.