Young boy, taken for a ‘braid chopper’, beaten by mob

Young boy, taken for a ‘braid chopper’, beaten by mob

Baramulla: A young boy from Rafiabad was thrashed by a group of people in Delina area of Baramulla on Tuesday, alleging him of being a ‘braid chopper’. The boy, later handed over to police, revealed that he was in a relationship with a girl in the neighbourhood and had come to see her.

In an official statement police said the boy was being beaten “mercilessly” when a police party that arrived at the scene after being informed of the situation, intervened to rescue him. A numbers of “miscreants” attacked the police party, it said, but somehow the boy was rescued from the clutches of the mob after police fired tear smoke shells.

Identified by police as Nayeem Ahmad Malla of Rafiabad Baramulla, the boy was spotted while meeting the girl and beaten up by locals “accusing him being braid chopper”. Police has registered an FIR (No 177/2017) and is investing the matter further. “Miscreants involved in the violence will be dealt as per law,” police said.

Internet services in south Kashmir snapped to prevent circulation of ‘braid chopping’ videos

Srinagar: In the wake of series of incidents of braid chopping in southern districts of Kashmir, authorities have suspended internet services across South Kashmir “to prevent circulation of videos”.

Official sources told GNS that police sent a communication to the cellular companies wherein it directed them to snap 2G, 3G and 4G services in Anantnag, Kulgam, Shopian and Pulwama districts of south Kashmir with immediate effect.

Dozens of braid chopping incidents across Kashmir valley have triggered scare among the residents, especially women. Police have formed Special Investigation Teams to probe the incidents. However, police and civilian authorities have failed to curb the incidents.

Police has also announced a reward of Rs 6 lakh for credible information leading to arrest of any person behind braid chopping incidents.

Help lines have also been established across the Valley to help in nabbing the culprits.