Anantnag: A complete shutdown was observed in Seer Hamdan area of south Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Tuesday as locals alleged that army came to the rescue of some alleged “braid choppers” late Monday evening.
According to the locals the boys on night patrol-in wake of the braid chopping phenomenon-found some suspicious people roaming around in the village.
“The boys asked the men to stop but they fled making the boys on vigil all the more suspicious,” local sources told Kashmir Reader.
They said that the men were being chased by the “vigilantes” when all of a sudden army appeared from nowhere and started firing in air, creating panic in the whole area.
The locals alleged that the army shielded the “braid choppers” from getting nabbed and took them away.
“It is amply clear now that the government forces are behind this braid chopping. Why is the government fooling the people by ordering probes and forming SIT’s,” the locals asked.
Police however maintained that the army was on patrol when some boys pelted stones at them, forcing the army to fire in air in self defence.
“A woman had sensed that somebody was trying to cut her hair. She raised an alarm and the locals came out. On finding the army there, they started pelting stones at them and the army fired in air,” Station House Officer (SHO) Mattan, Tawseef Mir, said.
“An area domination patrol came under intense stone throwing in Seer Hamdan. The personnel verbally cautioned the stone pelters but the stone throwing kept escalating. Few shots were fired in air to disperse the stone pelters and allow the army to continue its patrol,” defence spokesman Rajesh Kalia said.
He termed the allegations of army being involved in “braid chopping” completely baseless.