Srinagar: The district administrations of Anantnag and Kulgam on Thursday constituted special ‘composite investigation teams’ to probe braid-chopping incidents in these south Kashmir districts.
Kulgam Deputy Commissioner (DC) Talat Parvez Rohella held a meeting in which he directed that a composite investigation team comprising officers of revenue and police, doctors, counselling psychologist /psychiatrist be constituted to together investigate braid-chopping incidents and to provide assistance to victims, an official handout said.
The DC said in the meeting that “village-level committees have already been constituted to maintain vigil and report facts on such incidents.”
In the meeting the DC was told that the “crime spots” where braid-chopping incidents had been reported had not been properly preserved, which had hampered investigations.
“In this regard, the Deputy Commissioner sought the cooperation of the people in helping the administration in preserving the crime spots so that evidence could be preserved on the basis of which conclusive investigations are carried out,” the handout added.
The district administration of Anantnag appealed to people to not pay heed to rumours and to cooperate with the composite investigation committee so that thorough investigation can be carried out into braid-chopping incidents, an official handout said.
The administration also thanked village and auqaf committees “for being proactive in their approach and maintaining vigil.”
The Anantnag administration put out helpline numbers, which are: 18001807054, 01932222337, 9419047052, 9419367252.
The Srinagar district administration also sought cooperation from, saying in an official handout that braid-chopping incidents were being used as “a ploy by trouble mongers to vitiate the peaceful atmosphere in the valley.”
“In some cases, braid chopping has become a tool of vengeance in mutual animosity. Some cases have been reported where past history of psychiatric affliction has also been found,” the official handout said.
The administration advised the general public to remain cautious and help the administration in maintaining law and order.