Anantnag: Even as police on Friday announced a reward for ‘credible information’ on the mysterious ‘braid chopping’, fresh incidents and subsequent protests have now been reported from Anantnag district, after almost a week of dread in the adjoining Kulgam district.
At least two people, including a non-local laborer, were ruthlessly beaten up by locals in Shirpora area of Anantnag and Qaimoh area of Kulgam district late Thursday evening as people suspected them to be the culprits.
According to reports hundreds of people blocked the Srinagar-Jammu national highway near Wanpoh in Anantnag district Friday morning to protest against a fresh “braid chopping” incident that allegedly took place in the area.
The people demanded immediate action from the police. The protests in the area continued for more than an hour before authorities were able to clear the national highway.
Following protests in Wanpoh people came out in large numbers in Nai Basti area of the Anantnag district and blocked the busy Khanabal-Pahalgam road.
The protestors alleged that the ponytail of a 15-year old girl was chopped off in Nanda Mohalla locality of the Nai Basti area.
The mysterious incidents have continued in Kulgam district for over more than a week now, before the phenomenon made way to Anantnag district.
Late Thursday evening people in Shirpora area of Anantnag caught hold of a man and beat him to pulp, alleging that he was a “braid chopper”.
The man was later identified as Gowher Ahmad from Budgam district.
A police official said that the apprehended man was a drug-addict and a thief.
“He was apprehended in Anantnag town with Spasmoproxyvon tablets, earlier this year. A case stands registered against him,” the official said.
In Qaimoh area of Kulgam a laborer from Bihar was beaten to pulp by local youth, accusing him of being a “braid chopper”. He was later hospitalized and released, after treatment.
As panic, fear and protests grip the entire south Kashmir-Anantnag and Kulgam districts in particular-clueless police continue to grope in dark.
In Kulgam district people have alleged army was behind the incidents and the allegations were promptly rubbished by the army.
A senior police official told Kashmir Reader that they have so far no clue about the occurrences.
“True, we are groping in dark because the victims have been of no help so far. They have revealed nothing. We have time and again appealed the people to come forward and share details, whatsoever they are,” the official said.