Srike against braid chopping hits normal life in Kashmir

MAJID NABI. Dated: 10/10/2017 12:02:16 AM

Restrictions in Srinagar parts

SRINAGAR, Oct 9: Complete shutdown on the call of Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) was observed across valley including summer capital Srinagar on Monday against the increasing incidents of braid chopping.
Shutdown call was given by Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik who head JRL as a mark of protest against hair chopping incidents which according to them has created fear psychosis among women in Kashmir valley.
District administration of Srinagar, in order to prevent people from holding protests against braid chopping, had imposed restrictions under section 144 CrPc in seven police station areas of Srinagar which include Khanyar, Rainawari, Nowhatta, MR Gunj, Safa Kadal, Maisuma and Kralkhud.
All the shops, business establishments, educational institutions including schools and colleges remained closed with traffic too off the roads; however skeletal movement of private vehicles and cabs could be seen on the deserted roads.
Attendance in government and semi government offices and banks was also thin as the employees could not make it to their respective offices due to the non availability of public transport.
City centre Lal Chowk and other major market places in Srinagar city wore a deserted look with thin movement of private vehicles recorded throughout the day.
Most of the routes leading to the old city were sealed with spools of concertina wires and iron barricades with contingents of police and paramilitary troopers in riot gear manning the streets.
A senior police official said that steps to impose restrictions in parts of Srinagar city were taken as a precautionary measure to avoid any law and order situation in view of the incessant protests against hair chopping incidents.
It may be in place to mention here that dozens of braid chopping incidents have been reported from different parts of the Valley during the last one month but the authorities are yet make any headway in this direction.
Although the situation remained by and large peaceful in Srinagar, however women in several areas of the city hit the streets to protest against incidents of braid chopping.
Protests were held in Batamalloo area where women clashed with police after braid of a woman was allegedly chopped off by unknown persons. Similar protests were held in Nishat, Khanyar, Brein, Habba Kadal Chattabal, Bemina and Basant-Bagh areas.
Massive protest was also held in Soiteng locality where people caught hold of a braid chopper who they claimed was later rescued by police.
Police charged batons and lobbed tear smoke shells to disperse people who had caught an alleged braid chopper roaming suspiciously in the area.
“We must not hesitate to say that police is giving free hand to hair cutters to unleash hell, we had caught one braid chopper however police came to his rescue and took him along,” alleged locals of Soiteng.
Youth also fought pitched battles in Mahjoor Nagar area of civil lines while similar reports were received from Natipora and Channapora areas as well.
Sources from district headquarters informed that a complete shutdown was observed across all districts on the call of resistance leadership with all shops, malls, schools and colleges closed and traffic remained off the roads.
In Bandipora sources said people observed complete shutdown while situation in Kupwara, Handwara and Baramulla was no different.
People according to reports also staged demonstrations in Sopore town against incidents of braid chopping in Kashmir demanding immediate arrest of the accused involved in hair cutting.



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