PULWAMA: Protests erupted in Pahoo village in Pulwama district against an incident of braid-chopping of a 23-year-old woman, even as two other incidents of braid-chopping were reported in the district on Saturday.
Scores of protesters took to the streets, blocked the Srinagar-Pulwama road, and raised slogans against braid-chopping. According to eyewitnesses, hundreds of vehicles were stranded on the Srinagar-Pulwama road for two hours.
Three braid-chopping incidents were reported on Saturday in Pulwama villages of Monghama, Bagandgar Sangerwani, and Pahoo.
“When people heard about the braid-chopping incident, they took to streets and staged protests,” said Shakoor Ahmad. He said that the lady whose braid was cut works as a tailor and she was working in her room when her braid was cut by an unknown person.
A family member of the young woman told Kashmir Reader that she saw a man with a bag and did not know what happened after that.
Medical Superintendent of District Hospital Pulwama, Dr Javed Ahmad told Kashmir Reader that three ladies in unconscious state were brought to the hospital with their braids cut.
“After preliminary treatment we made them rest and relieved them after an hour,” he said.
Senior Superintendent of Police Pulwama Mohammad Asalam Choudhary told Kashmir Reader that police have detained a few persons for questioning, among whom some were detained by police and some were handed over by villagers to the police.
Choudhary said that most of these persons were innocent and were freed after investigation.
He also added that police were looking for the culprits and a breakthrough would be made soon.
Police have formed Special Investigation Teams to probe the braid-chopping incidents. Police have also announced a reward of Rs 6 lakh for credible information leading to arrest of any person behind the criminal act.
Meanwhile, students of Government Degree College Pulwama held a protest against the braid-chopping incidents. Eyewitnesses told Kashmir Reader that scores of students gathered inside the college premises
and raised slogans and demanded immediate nabbing of the culprits.
Meanwhile, in Chattabal area of Srinagar city, intense clashes erupted after a braid chopping incident.
The angry protesters hit roads and pelted stones on government forces who responded with tear-smoke shelling.
The clashes disrupted the routine life there while shopkeepers downed their shutters.
Eyewitnesses said that protests also erupted at Saidakadal area of Srinagar city where a woman foiled braid chopping attempt.
Reports said that large number of people shortly after the incident hit to roads and blocked vehicular movement. Police rushed to spot and pacified the agitated protesters.
Reports from Narbal area of District Budgam in Central Kashmir said that unknown miscreants sprayed some chemical on the face of a non-local labor as a result he felt unconscious.
The victim whom police identified as Muhammad Rafiq of West Bengal was shifted to JVC Hospital Bemina.