Braid Cutting

Two civilians mercilessly beaten after being mistaken as braid choppers: Police

Srinagar: Police on Monday registered an FIR against miscreants who captured and roughed up two people who were alleged of being braid choppers.

Police has cognizance of rumours being spread out by some miscreants through social media, Facebook and WhatsApp, about capture of so-called braid choppers at Nishat, Srinagar. An FIR has been lodged against the miscreants and investigation has been started to identify the persons involved in fabricating the news,” said a police statement.

The statement further added, “On the evening of 6th of October 2017, two local residents captured two persons at Nishat accusing them of being braid choppers. They were beaten and thrashed severely by the residents. However, as the police got to know about the incident, a police team promptly rushed to the spot and took custody of the ‘captured persons’. They were however let off after proper investigation and treatment as they had received injuries during thrashing by the people.”

The two were identified as Sameer Ahmad Khan, a resident of Ahmad Nagar, who runs a boutique at Gojwara Srinagar and his friend Tahir Ahmad Beigh, a resident of Gujwara.

According to the police, they had gone to collect some material from one of his customers, a girl (name with held) resident of Ishbar Nishat. The girl is also the sister-in-law of Sameer’s brother.

“As the duo reached near the girl’s house, some two or three persons raised alarm doubting them as “braid choppers”. Meanwhile several other residents gathered and started beating them mercilessly. They could have been lynched if police did not act on time and rescued them, ” the statement added.

“However, since today morning, some Facebook and WhatsApp user groups have started to spread rumours about them that they had admitted their guilt as being “braid choppers”. Police has taken cognizance of these rumours, and a case FIR number 54 has been registered in Police Station Nishat. The investigation of the case is going on and efforts are on to identify the persons involved in fabricating the news. Police has requested general public not to pay heed to rumour mongers,” the statement concluded.

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