Braid chopping: 45 arrested in Baramulla for ‘creating disturbance’, police say

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Srinagar

The Jammu and Kashmir police on Saturday said that it has arrested 45 people in Baramulla for creating disturbance in the district in the name of braid chopping.

Police issued a statement which is reproduced here, verbatim.

“On October18 , 2017 at about 1130 hrs Police Station Sheeri received an information that a violent unruly mob have caught hold of three Territorial Army men assaulting them mercilessly with an intention to kill them. Thereafter Police Party from Police Station Sheeri rushed on spot and after strenuous efforts rescued the Army men in injured condition who were given immediate medical treatment.

A case FIR No 48 of 2017 under sections of 307, 148, 149 RPC was registered in Police Station Sheeri. During investigation it surfaced that the three Territorial Army men were on board a passenger vehicle to withdraw money from ATM in Sheeri market and get the search lights repaired. They had boarded the passenger vehicle at Kitchama and from the same spot a notorious stone pelter Qaiser Bilal Bhat son of Bilal Ahmad Bhat resident of Zoogiyar also boarded the same passenger bus. The said person hatched a conspiracy to get Army men killed by falsely accusing them as braid choppers. He raised hue and cry near Sheeri Market, and got a violent mob assembled who attacked the Army men.

Police has so far arrested 18 accused including the main conspirators in the case and recovered looted cash, ATM cards and mobile phones from them.

Police has also learnt during investigation of these “so called” braid chopping cases that some elements are raising false alarms to achieve three objectives:-

To disturb peace and order of the valley.

To create animosity between people and security forces especially J&K Police.

To create an atmosphere of fear and uncertainty to force women folk to get confined in their homes, so that radical religious agenda of these elements is realized.

They raise Zakir Moosa slogans to make their intentions public.

People are requested not to pay heed to any rumours and help Police to create conducive and peaceful atmosphere and give confidence to our women to overcome the fear psychosis.”

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