‘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.

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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