Braid Chopping:Protests, clashes in Hawal, Awantipora, Sopore, Pampore observes shutdown


SRINAGAR, OCT 16: With no stop in #braidchopping incidents, protests and clashes were witnessed in many areas of the Kashmir valley


In Hawal area of Srinagar clashes erupted after the students of Islamia College staged a protest against braid-chopping incidents. Reports said that the students of the college staged massive protests against the “failure” of the government to prevent braid-cutting incidents.


Police lobbed teargas shells to disperse the protesting students who were pelting stones on them. The traffic movement on the road was disrupted due to the clashes.


Meanwhile, protests were also held on Srinagar-Jammu highway in Awantipora area of Pulwama district. The protesters blocked the traffic movement on the highway to register protest against braid-chopping incidents. Later, police reached at the spot and burst tear gas shells to disperse the protesters. The traffic was resumed on the highway after the police action.


Protests also erupted in Sopore town of Baramulla district after a woman said her braid was chopped off by unknown persons. A woman of Ningli area of Sopore, in her fifties, said that unknown persons chopped off her braid.


Reports said that youth took to streets and pelted the forces deployed in the town with stones. They also enforced shutdown in the town by hurling rocks at the shops and vehicles.


Pertinently this is the third such incident in the area in less than twenty-four hours. Yesterday, two women said their braids were chopped off by unknown persons.


Meanwhile, shutdown was observed in Pampore town of Pulwama district against the increasing braid-chopping incidents. Reports said that shops and other business establishments are closed in the town.


Kashmir police chief Muneer Ahmad Khan today said scientific examination of the braid-cutting victims would be conducted. “We will collect samples to know what type of sprays have been used on the victims,” Khan said during a press conference in Srinagar. (PTK)