Srinagar: The police on Friday saved a transgender from “the wrath of the public” after being suspected to be a braid chopper in Srinagar.
“A ‘mob’ intercepted a person near Tourist Reception Centre in Srinagar and tried to lynch him on the alibi of being a braid chopper. The said person was a cross-dresser, being a transgender,” said the police in a statement. “Police had to intervene to rescue him from the frenzied mob. On sustained questioning, the person in question was identified as Javaid Ahmad (name changed to respect his identity) from Lalan, Anantnag.”
The police statement added that he had come to pay obeisance at Makhdoom Sahib shrine.
“After this disclosure, his family was contacted and [he] was handed over to them,” the statement added.
Meanwhile, the police said, two persons were caught by people on charges of being braid cutters at Chopan Mohalla, Ishber.
On timely intervention of police, “both the civilians, though both were beaten to pulp, were saved”.
“The civilians turned out to be Samir Ahmad Khan son of Noor Mohammad Khan of Ahmad Nagar, and Tahir Ahmad Beigh son of Ghulam Qadir Beigh of Tulwari, Gojwara,” the statement said. “People are again requested not to resort to vigilantism and to cooperate with police in this matter.”