HC asks SIT to file report on investigation into braid-chopping incidents

Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir High Court directed the special investigation team (SIT) of police to submit its status report on the investigations on incidents of braid-chopping in the Valley. The report has been sought to be tabled within a period of two weeks.
The division bench comprising Justice Mohammad Yaqoob Mir and Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey remarked that though incidents of braid chopping have come down but the incidents which have taken place need to be investigated properly in order to bring culprits to justice.
The court directed the state police to file report within two weeks.
The state counsel Advocate BA Dar submitted before the court that there has been fall in the number of braid-chopping incidents. “The incidents have stopped taking place now and there is no more chaos among the people now,” he said.
Advocate Hilal Akbar Lone, who has filed the petition said that it was immaterial whether the incidents take place or not. “We should know what they (police) have done with the previous cases,” he said.
“We cannot say that braid-chopping incidents will not happen in future and in case if it never takes place that doesn’t mean that we will stop investigation process. We have to identify the culprits who carried out this kind of fear and chaos among women folk,” he said.
On previous hearing, advocate Hilal submitted the documents comprising various incidents at various districts.
“What have they (investigating agencies) done with those documents? What the police have done with the alleged braid choppers who were handed over to them by public,” he said.
The court also directed the State to comply with all the previous directions it has given from time to time.
The court had previously directed the state government to do crime mapping besides constituting special crime teams.
State police was also previously directed to collect data from other states, such as, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Haryana.
“The data of other states should indicate as to whether the FIRs have resulted in filing of charge sheets, whether persons have been arrested and whether any persons have been convicted,” the court had said on previous occasions.
It had also directed police to do the proper patrolling to check the incidents.
The petition was filed by advocate Hilal Akbar Lone and advocate Masarat Kawsar to seek the intervention of court in the menace of braid chopping.