‘People beat up innocents in 72 braid-chopping incidents’

Jammu: In Kashmir, there were 72 cases of people beating up innocents on the suspicion of them being braid-choppers and cases would be registered against all those who took law into their own hands, Director General of Police (DGP) Dr S P Vaid said today.

He also said if needed, those accused of beating up the innocent would be slapped with Public Safety Act (PSA), but no innocent person being branded as braid-chopper by the public on suspicion would be booked.

“In 72 cases (of braid chopping), people took law into their own hands and beat up the innocent (in Kashmir Valley)”, Vaid told PTI today.

Asserting that FIRs would be lodged in all the 72 cases, he said, “The police will deal with miscreants sternly”.

The DGP said police would not book any innocent person and in cases where an innocent person have been handed over to the police by the public on the suspicion of being a braid- chopper, police authorities should tell the facts to the media clearly.

Vaid said all districts now have Special Investigation Teams (SITs) and officials from Social Welfare and Health department have be involved in it.

The health department should depute teams to meet braid- chopping victims and probe the matter, he said.

The DGP said, “It (braid-chopping incidents) took place in many parts of northern India and then it was reported in Jammu. Such cases were also reported in south, central and north Kashmir”.

“But the difference is that, in Kashmir, there are elements who do not want peace and normalcy,” Vaid said, adding such elements were trying to exploit people’s sentiments to trigger unrest.

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