Braid Chopping: Six persons held by locals at Lar handed over to Police

Ganderbal: A day after the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kashmir Munir Ahmad Khan appealed people to not to take law into their hands, the residents of Lar area of central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district Saturday handed over six suspected braid choppers to the police without harming them.

Earlier, a number of innocent mostly mentally unsound persons were thrashed black and blue by the locals after mistaking them as braid choppers. The IGP Kashmir had appealed people not to take law into their hands.

Reports said that six persons moving suspiciously in an Alto car bearing number JK09A-4510 in Lar area on late Friday night were caught by the locals and were handed over to the police without causing any harm to them.

It was the first such incident where locals handed over the suspected persons to Police without trying to settle scores themselves.

A police official confirming the development said that the locals of Lar on late Friday night informed police about suspicious movement of six persons in Repora village of Lar Tehsil who they believed are braid choppers.

“We immediately rushed to the spot and took all the six persons into our custody,” he said, adding that the persons were not harmed by the locals.

The official further said that preliminary investigation revealed that the six persons from Bandipora were in the area to meet a girl.

He identified them as Muzaffar Ahmad Pahloo, son of Bashir Ahmad, Sameer Ahmad Khan, son of Shabir Ahmad, Adil Khursheed, son of Khursheed Ahmad, Ubaid Ahmad, son of Mohd Ayoob, Zubair Ahmad, son of Mohammad Qadir and Waseem Ahmad, son of Saif-ud-din.

The official said that Muzaffar Ahmad was in a contact with a local girl from Repora village through telephone and had gone to meet her along with other friends.

“It is highly appreciable that the locals without harming and without taking law into their own hands handed over the suspected persons to police and we hope people will continue the same cooperation in future,” the official added.

Pertinently, SSP Ganderbal along with SHO Police Station Lar held a public darbar in the area and had sought cooperation from locals regarding braid cutting incidents.

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