J&K: Mob Beats Soldier Over Suspicion of Being Braid Chopper; Rescued by Police
Srinagar, Oct 18: A soldier was allegedly beaten by a mob in border district of Kupwara in Jammu and Kashmir over suspicion of being braid chopper. He was later rescued by the police and army. The incident happened after the braid of a woman was chopped inside her house at Redi Chowkibal area of Kupwara district early on Tuesday morning.
As per the locals, the Territorial Army man barged into the residence of Ghulam Nabi Pir in the village and reportedly chopped off the braid of his daughter. Following this, the locals caught hold of the braid chopper and started thrashing him. After checking his ID card, it was found that the alleged braid chopper is a Territorial Army jawan.
The mob even indulged in stone pelting after the police and army rescued the jawan. The video of the incident has gone viral on the social media.
Meanwhile, dismissing the allegations of the locals, SSP Kupwara Shamsher Hussain said that the braid cutting incident was reported around 7.30 am on the first floor of the house while the victim’s father was present on the ground floor. Speaking further, he asked how can an outside enter the first floor of the house without being detected.
Over 100 braid chopping incidents have been reported from the Valley so far from both isolated and congested areas.
In a similar incident last week, a 70-year-old man succumbed to injuries after his nephew attacked him by brick after mistaking him as a braid chopper in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district.
Police have launched an intense investigation into the braid chopping incidents however, no arrests have been made as of now. A reward of Rs 6 lakh has also been announced on the braid choppers.
The separatist leaders, Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik have blamed security forces and government for braid-chopping incidents. Kashmir observed shutdown against braid chopping incidents on October 9 on the call of separatists.