SRINAGAR | OCT 21 : Police has arrested over a dozen persons during a nocturnal raid for attempting to immolate a mentally deranged persons after taking him for a braid chopper in Mazbug area of Sopore yesterday.
Police had registered an FIR into the case yesterday. Reports said that at least 14 youth, identified from the video of the attack posted on Facebook, were detained during a night raid by the police in Mazbug.
Pertinently hair of over 100 women and young girls has been mysteriously chopped off across the Valley during past month. These girls and women have told their families and police that unknown persons cut their hair after knocking them unconscious with some spray.
The police have formed Special Investigation Teams to probe the incidents. However, so far the police and the authorities have been clueless. The police have announced a reward of Rs six lakh for credible information leading to arrest of any person behind braid chopping incidents. So far, no arrests have been made.
At several places, vigilante mobs have thrashed innocents mistaking them for braid choppers. The growing incidents have forced people to form local committees in every locality who remain awake throughout the night to ensure no braid cutting incident occurs.