Srinagar: Director General of Police S P Vaid Tuesday said that police can’t book innocents, as many arrested on charges of braid chopping, were later found to be innocents.
“We can’t book innocents. The society has to cooperate with us,” the DGP said.
Vaid said that they have constituted SIT’s in every district and the DSP headquarters has been made member of the SIT’s to be headed by the respective DCs.
The top cop said that the members of the SITs will visit the victims and record their statements. He, however, said the reports about braid chopping are pouring in but they don’t have evidence to probe the cases.
“We don’t get witnesses. We have lack of evidence. When we don’t have evidence how we can find the braid cutter,” he said.
He said such cases occurred in UP where 3000 incidents were reported and later it spread to Haryana and Punjab. “254 cases occurred in Jammu. It then spread to South Kashmir and now in Central and North Kashmir,” he said.
He said wherever they have arrested suspects, they turned out to be labourers or other people who were not involved in braid chopping.