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Police claim breakthrough in a braid chopping case

2 held in Ganderbal; Duo wanted to bring people out and burgle houses, says SSP
Irfan Raina
Ganderbal | Posted : Nov 15 2017 2:03AM | Updated: Nov 15 2017 12:22AM
Police claim breakthrough in a braid chopping case
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The police on Tuesday claimed breakthrough in one of the scores of cases of braid chopping which created a scare in Kashmir and sparked off dozens of protests in September and October before dying down suddenly.

Ganderbal senior superintendent of police Fayaz Ahmad Lone told a press conference that the police have arrested two men who had cut the braid of a girl in Wakura area of Ganderbal last month.

Lone said, “The girl had identified the duo during an identification parade that was carried out in the presence of executive magistrate (tehsildar). Further investigation is on.”

The accused hail from Khag area in Budgam. They had come to Wakura with the intention of carrying out burglary. Their plan was to create a scare by cutting the braid of the girl and then break into the homes of the people whom they believed would leave their homes and come onto streets for protests, the police said.

Hair of several young girls and women in many parts of the Valley had been mysteriously found cut during the past two months. These girls and women had told their families and police that unknown persons cut their hair after knocking them unconscious with some spray.

The police had formed Special Investigation Teams to probe the incidents. The police had also announced a reward of Rs 6 lakh for credible information leading to arrest of any person behind braid chopping incidents.

Separatist leadership and a few civil society groups had accused “government agencies” of creating scare among the population to crush their rebellion. The government also drew flak for contradictory statements: it first vowed to bring the culprits to book but later said it was “mass hysteria” at play.