Braid chopping: Forces teargas shell women protesters in Batamaloo

Srinagar

Forces on Monday used teargas shelling to break up women protests in Batamaloo area of Srinagar city against yesterday’s braid chopping incident.

Reports reaching here said that scores of women protesters from the interiors of Batamaloo including Danderkha and its neighbourhood tried to march towards Batamaloo bus stand.

However, police and other forces deployed there resorted to massive teargas shelling on the women protesters to disperse them.

Reports said that the shelling led to a chaos among the protesters. A number of women in a bid to escape the shelling fell on roads and suffered minor injuries.

Pertinently, on Sunday a braid chopping incident was reported from the area.

Gulshana, 34, was attacked by two masked men at her residence at Lane 14, Firdous Abad, Batamaloo, and her braid was cut during the attack, eyewitness told a news gathering agency.

Her husband, Muhammad Akther, had gone to buy some items for the breakfast when two men approached her, sprayed “something” in her eyes and cut her braid, one of her neighbour, said.

Gulshana was taken to local hospital by her neighbours where she was discharged immediately after regaining consciousness.

As the word spread about the incident in the area, locals hit the streets to protest the “inaction of police” to nab the culprits.

Police tried to thwart the protest and resorted to teargas shelling on locals, ensuing stone-pelting.

The resistance leadership led by Syed Ali Geelani has called for a shutdown across valley against the braid chopping incidents.

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