Bandipora youth caught on suspicion of braid-chopping in Ganderbal
Ganderbal: Six youth, one of them a lover, were nabbed by villagers in Repora Lar here, after the group was seen moving around the village “suspiciously”, villagers said. Police later took the youth into custody. The young men drove from Bandipora to the village, where one of them wanted to meet with his girlfriend.
A police official said that the six of them were caught by villagers while they found them roaming in the village and took them for ‘braid-choppers’, a phenomenon that has gripped the valley in fear. However, without resorting to beating them, people called police immediately and handed them over.
Police said during investigation a youth identified as Muzaffar Ahmad, son of Bashir Ahmad, resident of Saderkot area of District Bandipora, said that he was in contact with a girl in the village and had come to see her.
Station House Officer at Lar police station, Nisar Ahmad, appreciating the decision of the villagers in Repora, said that the incident must set a precedence. Several cases of beating, one of them ending in the death of a 70-year-old man, occurred in different areas of Kashmir over the past two weeks, since the phenomenon of braid chopping became rampant. Nisar said that the cooperation between public and administration helped in ascertaining facts without anyone getting hurt.
SSP Ganderbal, Fayaz Ahmad Lone, said that the district police were “highly thankful to the people for their cooperation”. He said that people must realise that taking law into their own hands would create a mess, and people must instead inform police.