Four months after a policeman was lynched to death in a brutal way in Kashmir, three other persons were lynched and severely injured over reports of braid chopping in valley on Friday. The events have made many to term Kashmir as the new ‘lynching capital of India’. A transgender was thrashed mercilessly by a mob in Srinagar area when some of the people accused the victim as a braid chopper. As per police the transgender is a resident of Anantanag and had come to pay obeisance at Makhdoom Sahib Shrine.
The incident occurred near the tourist reception centre where heavy deployment of police is always present. Police rescued him from the frenzied mob.
On sustained questioning the person was identified as Javaid Ahmad (name changed) from Lalan, Anantanag. After this disclosure his family was contacted and was handed over to them. In another incident around 7 pm on Friday one more frenzied mob of vigilantism caught two civilians on allegations of being braid cutters at Chopan Mohalla, Ishber.
Police timely intervened to save both the civilians, though both were beaten to pulp. Both the civilians turned out to be Samir Ahmad Khan and Tahir Ahmad Beigh of Gojwara, police added
Deputy Inspector General of Police, Central Kashmir, GH Bhat appealed to the general public in particular and the families of victims of braid chopping incidents to cooperate with the police for proper investigation into the incidents. DIG said that although there have been no formal complaints into the braid chopping incidents from the victims, the police has filed the cases after taking cognizance of the reports. Giving details, he said that 23 cases, all from central Kashmir, have been registered and investigation is underway in all the cases.
He said the police department has constituted a special team headed by a lady inspector entrusted the job of examining victims and investigating the case.A Deputy Superintendant of police (DSP) Mohammad Ayub Pandith was lynched to death by a frenzied mob at Jamia Masjid in Srinagar on June 22 during the pious Muslim month of Ramzan.
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