Braid chopping: Kashmir shuts on call of resistance leadership; Restrictions imposed in Srinagar

Srinagar

Kashmir on Monday is observing a shutdown on the call of resistance leadership against the growing incidents of braid chopping across the Valley.

In the capital city Srinagar, shops and educational institutes are closed while traffic is mostly off the roads.

A very thin movement of traffic was witnessed in parts of uptown Srinagar.

Government has imposed restrictions in seven police station areas of Srinagar to prevent protests. According to district administration restrictions were imposed in the areas of Khanyar, Rainawari, Nowhatta, MR Gunj, Safa Kadal, Maisuma and Kralkhud.

(KL file Image: Shah Hilal)

Similar reports of complete shutdown were received from other district headquarters.

Reports from southern parts of Kashmir said that a complete shutdown is being observed in all districts. Shops, business establishments and private offices are shut while government offices witnessed a thin attendance. Traffic is also off the roads.

Reports from northern parts of Kashmir are also similar.

Local sources from district headquarters informed Kashmir Life that a complete shutdown is being observed across all districts on the call of resistance leadership.

The Resistance Leadership led by octogenarian Hurriyat patriarch Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik have called for a shutdown today against the “unabated braid-chopping incidents” in the Valley, calling them as an attack on the “dignity of women”.

The incidents have triggered scare among the people, especially women, across the Valley.

Hair of dozens of young girls and women in many parts of the Valley has been mysteriously found chopped during the past month.

These girls and women have told their families and police that unknown persons cut their hair after knocking them unconscious with some spray.

The police have formed Special Investigation Teams to probe the incidents. However, so far the police and the authorities have been clueless.

The police have announced a reward of Rs six lakh for credible information leading to arrest of any person behind braid chopping incidents. So far, no arrests have been made.

At several places, mobs have thrashed innocents mistaking them for braid choppers.

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