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Braid Chopping: Innocents shouldn’t be thrashed, people should cooperate with the police, says IGP

 ‘Anti-social elements trying to create a law and order problem in the state’ 

Srinagar: Asking people to don’t thrash innocents, Jammu and Kashmir Police on Friday said that anti-social elements are trying to create a law and order situation in Kashmir.

Police also said that the department is not only investigating the braid chopping incidents but are also studying the cases occurred outside the state.

Talking to KNS, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kashmir Range, Munir Ahmad Khan said that the anti-social elements are taking advantage of the situation in Kashmir.

“The anti-social elements are taking advantage of the situation and are trying to create a law and order situation. Besides, they  creating fear psychosis among the people,” he said.

IGP said that the innocents mistaken as braid choppers are being beaten blue and black.

“We have arrested several persons involved in thrashing of innocents. Eight persons were also arrested from Srinagar and all the arrested persons have criminal records. Strict action will be taken against the persons who are involved in thrashing of innocents,” he said.

Khan also appealed the senior citizens of the respective localities to think where they are heading.

“I appeal to the people not to pay heed to the rumours. Innocents shouldn’t be thrashed and people should cooperate with the Police. I don’t claim that we (police) are angels but if we see these things led to the sufferings of a common person,” he said.

IGP informed that whenever they receive any information about the braid chopping incidents or any rumours, they register a case and start investigation in this regard but nothing has come to fore so far. The different statements are coming to fore over the braid choppers as some claim that they use to wear spring shoes, black jackets while some claim that use to jump from the rooftop or fled from the spot through the walls.

“If this is the issue then these are unnatural things,” he said.

Khan said that they are seriously pursuing the cases of braid chopping incidents.

“I believe no state has followed braid chopping cases as seriously as we are ,” he said, as per the KNS.

He said that these incidents occurred in other states as well while the experts including the doctors investigated the matter thoroughly. “The doctors’ finding outside the state in this regard revealed that these incidents are mass hysteria,” he said.

Ruing the lack of cooperation by the victims and their families, IGP Kashmir said, “It is difficult to find out the facts without getting proper cooperation by the victims and their families. Whenever we will get the proper support, we will investigate the matter properly.”

He further said that following the HC directions in this regard, they have started mapping of the localities where these braid chopping incidents occurred.

“Due to the lack of cooperation by the victims, we have also started scientific investigation in this regard. We have started collecting the blood samples of the victims and the hair samples were also sent to the FSL to get a proper lead,” he said.

(With inputs from KNS)

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