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Braid-cutting mania grips J&K: 3 fresh incidents reported

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There is no let up in the braid cutting incidents in Kashmir with three more attacks in Anantnag district on Friday even as police announced Rs 3 lakh reward for credible information on culprits.

The hair of an elderly lady from Wanpoh area of the district was chopped off, triggering panic and protests. Police lodged a case into the incident and took up investigations.

The family, quoting the victim, said that she was going to buy bread early in the morning when she fell unconscious and then found her hair chopped off.

The incident triggered panic in the area with people including women hitting the streets and protested.

The protesters blocked the highway near Wanpoh for hours due to which traffic came to halt.

Later, in the afternoon another incident was reported from Nai Basti locality of the town on the busy Khanabal-Pahalgam (KP) road.

A 20 year old girl was found lying unconscious at her home with braid chopped off. People later hit the streets and protested demanding action against the culprits. They blocked the KP road for hours. Police later swung into action and chased away the protesters.

Clashes erupted in Nai Basti and nearby Khanabal between youth and police.

Another incident was reported from Shamsipora village of the district where braid of a women was found chopped off.

Meanwhile, a non-local thrashed in Qaimoh last night after being accused of being a braid chopper has been admitted to hospital.

Another person apprehended by locals in Sherpora locality of old town Anantnag last night, according to police, is a drug peddler.

Nearly two dozen incidents of mysterious hair chopping have been reported from Kashmir, with 15 incidents from Kulgam and Anantnag districts, during past couple of weeks.

DC Anantnag Muhammad Younis Malik today called a meeting of magistrates, police and the civil society to discuss the measures that need to be taken up to minimise the number of braid cutting incidents.

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