Shutdown in Kashmir against braid-chopping incidents

Shutdown in Kashmir against braid-chopping incidents
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Srinagar: Authorities imposed restrictions in parts of Srinagar city on Saturday to “maintain law and order” in the wake of a protest shutdown called by the resistance leaders against growing incidents of braid chopping.
“Restrictions have been imposed in Nowhatta, M.R. Gunj, Rainawari, Khanyar, Safa Kadal, Maisuma and Kralkhud areas,” officials said.
The resistance leaders have appealed people to hand over suspected braid choppers to mosque committees and not to deal with them directly.
They have blamed the authorities for their failure to nab the culprits.
Meanwhile, shops, public transport and educational institutions remained closed in most parts of the Kashmir valley in response to the call.
Private transport, however, moved on uptown and Srinagar outskirts.
All exams scheduled for Saturday have been postponed by the University of Kashmir.
There have been over 120 reports of braid chopping in the Kashmir Valley in the last two months, with mobs beating up strangers, tourists and even army men in plainclothes on suspicion of being braid choppers.

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