Braid Chopping: Restrictions in Srinagar, schools closed for second consecutive day

SRINAGAR: Anticipating protests after the Friday congregations, authorities on Friday imposed curfew restrictions in vast belts of capital city falling under seven police stations. This has impacted the movement of the people and the vehicular traffic in most of the city.

CRPF vehicle passes on deserted road in Nowhatta (KL Image: Bilal Bahadur)

On Thursday, the separatist leaders had called for student protests against the mysterious braid chopping incidents. This led to the closure of all the educational institutions across Kashmir. It was followed by general restrictions in most of the city. The restrictions will prevent any kind of gathering for mass Friday prayers in major Jamia Masjid in the city.

There have been more than 100 braid chopping incidents reported across Kashmir. It had led to a killing of an old man as one lady died of cardiac arrest. Both the deaths were reported from south Kashmir.

Friday started with a protest in Sopore following a housewife’s braid being cut while she was working in her kitchen. The incident was reported from Khushaal Matoo area. In the immediate follow up of the incident, the family drove the woman to the hospital in an unconscious state. There was a protest and police interrupted which led to a full-fledged clash. There was no report of any injury, so far.

Unconfirmed reports said a woman reported a braid chopping in Dander Khah area of Batamaloo. Details are not known but the reports suggest lot of concerned people have assembled outside the residence of the “victim”.

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