Kashmir traders protest against ‘braid chopping’ spree


Kashmir Economic Alliance, an amalgam of business bodies, traders, hoteliers, transporters, Thursday came out on roads to protest against Braid cutting incidents in valley.

Holding placards and shouting slogans, the businessmen and traders assembled at Srinagar’s press enclave to lodge their protest. The traders were led by KEA co-chairman Farooq Ahmed Dar.

Earlier, Dar addressed media near clock tower Lalchowk during sit in and expressed serious concerns over the incidents of braid chopping and urged locals, mohalla and masjid committees to keep close vigil over “miscreants involved in these immoral activities and expose them in public.”

Expressing concern over continues braid chopping incidents in valley Dar termed it a part of “deep rooted conspiracy”.

“The mass hysteria has gripped the whole state and it’s really frustrating as to how government is not able to identify and arrest those responsible for the mayhem. They have men and machinery at their disposal but unfortunately government is still clueless,” he said. “The honour of our daughters and mothers is supreme to us and that there should not be any compromise with it.”

He said that that the government should be proactive and immediately constitute a fact finding team who will ascertain all the facts behind the braid chopping incidents.

Pertinently, Kashmir has witnessed a number of braid chopping incidents in the past few days.

On Thursday only, seven cases have been reported so far.

Although the J&K Police has formed Special Investigation Teams at the directions of Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti but it has yet failed to crack even one case.

On Wednesday the Kashmir Police chief said that the victims are not ready to speak with the investigation teams. He termed it “unfortunate”.


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