J&K's Kupwara: Soldier accused of braid-chopping thrashed

Tension in Kashmir's Kupwara after mob thrashes soldier accused of braid-chopping

The soldier is in a critical condition and has been transferred to a hospital for treatment, said media reports.

A senior police official in Kupwara confirmed that local boys had started thrashing the soldier, who was rescued by the army, after it was alleged that he was involved in braid chopping.

Asked that people claim that he was a braid chopper, the officer said: "There is nothing of that sought". The delegations apprised the Mirwaiz about the level of fear created by some elements who also threw stones at the rooftops of houses and at their entry gates in the dead of the night resulting in the panic among residents.

Hussain said hair of the woman has been cut and police would be recording her statement.

"We have launched investigations", he said.

A soldier was assaulted by a mob on suspicion of his role in a braid-chopping incident, Hindustan Times reported.

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Incidents of braid-chopping have led to protests in Srinagar, Baramulla, Pulwama and Ganderbal districts. In a shocking case of mob justice or of mistaken identity, the jawan was not only beaten but some stone-pelting incidents were also reported from the area.

The Valley is on edge after the braid chopping incidents with fear psychosis gripping women of all ages, who now fear to venture out of their homes.

"People catch anybody doing his duty".

Police has also announced reward of Rs 6 lakh for information on the braid choppers.

On October 9, Kashmir observed shutdown on the call of separatists against braid chopping incidents.

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