Jammu: Director General of Police (DGP) Dr S P Vaid today said that 72 cases were reported where innocents were targeted and beaten for being involved in braid chopping.
He said that cases would be registered against all those who took law into their own hands and if needed, those accused of beating up the innocent would be slapped with Public Safety Act.
“In 72 cases (of braid chopping), people took law into their own hands and beat up the innocent (in Kashmir Valley),” Vaid told a news agency.
Asserting that FIRs would be lodged in all the 72 cases, he said, “The police will deal with miscreants sternly”.
The DGP said police would not book any innocent person and in cases where an innocent person have been handed over to the police by the public on the suspicion of being a braid- chopper, police authorities will disclose the facts to the media clearly.
Vaid said all districts now have Special Investigation Teams (SITs) and officials from Social Welfare and Health department have been involved in it.
The health department should depute teams to meet braid- chopping victims and probe the matter, he said.
The DGP said, “It (braid-chopping incidents) took place in many parts of northern India and then it was reported in Jammu. Such cases were also reported in south, central and north Kashmir”.
“But the difference is that, in Kashmir, there are elements who do not want peace and normalcy,” Vaid said, adding such elements were trying to exploit people’s sentiments to trigger unrest.