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Mob mercilessly thrash Kashmiri youth, try to set him on fire

21 October 2017

Director General of Police of Jammu and Kashmir, SP Vaid, was quoted by a news agency saying this: "A mentally challenged mistaken as braid chopper was ruthlessly beaten in Sopore". Immediately a police party rushed to spot and found that a mob was beating one person ruthlessly.

"Miscreants burnt hay in a bid to set the person on fire believing he was a braid-chopper".

Tantray, the young man with special needs, can be seen bloodied and helpless, as the mob tries running a tractor on him.

The victim was later identified by police as Wasim Ahmad Tantray a mentally-challenged youth. "The police rushed him to a hospital, but his condition is said to be critical", a police official said.

The Twitter handler of Jammu and Kashmir Police confirmed the incident and said that a FIR has been registered against the culprits. "No braid-chopper has been apprehended so far and it is the duty of the law enforcing agencies to nab the culprits".

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Meanwhile, the Joint Resistance Leadership, comprising separatist leaders Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik called for a complete shutdown and civil curfew on Saturday against the unabated braid-chopping incidents. The mob also tried to kill him by drowning him in the Dal Lake, the police said. Luckily for the man, police arrived and rescued the hapless man from the clutches of the mob.

The police personnel without using any force persuaded the protestors to disperse and after lot of hectic efforts the protestors were dispersed and after dispersal some persons on reaching near the banks of Dal Lake caught hold of one person (name withheld) who had came to visit the Hazratbal mosque for prayers and accused him of being a braid chopper.

Assembling outside the JKLF office in Abi Guzar, the protestors marched towards Lal Chowk, bearing placards and raising slogans to strongly condemn the braid-chopping incidents that have swept the Valley for over a month.

However, police is yet to achieve any breakthrough in its probe into braid chopping incidents.

Terming it as an ethical crisis facing Kashmir, he said, "It is a millstone around our neck and we alone can and must throw it away".

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"The SPO had come to meet his brother who is pursuing masters degree in mathematics at Kashmir University".

There have been many incidents when people and vigilant groups caught and beat suspected braid choppers, who later turned out to be innocent.

"Essar Batool, another Facebook user said, "... "For God sake stop this now".

In fact, a number of incidents of violence have been reported from Kashmir over rumours of braid-chopping. Special teams have been set up to contain the alleged incidence, which has spread panic among the citizens, but the police have failed to make any arrests.

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Mob mercilessly thrash Kashmiri youth, try to set him on fire