Militants attack CRPF cavalcade near Sanat Nagar

Militants attacked a cavalcade of paramilitary CRPF in Sanat Nagar in Srinagar area in outskirts of Srinagar on Tuesday. According to sources, two motorcycle-borne militants attacked CRPF convoy comprising two to three vehicles belonging to Charle/29 headquarters, Sanant Nagar at around 7 pm. “The convoy was coming back from secretariat duty to its Sanat Nagar camp when militants fired on the vehicles from automatic weapons,” they said. CRPF spokesperson in Srinagar, Rajesh Yadav told Kashmir Post that no CRPF man was injured in the militant attack. “The CRPF men returned…

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Fresh incidents of braid chopping in Ganderbal, Budgam

Two incidents of braid-chopping were reported from Ganderbal district on Sunday evening, triggering scare among the residents, especially women. Locals said that braids of two teenage girls were found chopped off at Rabitar and Naraian bagh villages on Sunday evening. A police official told Kashmir Post that a girl, aged 15, at Rabitar area alleged that some unknown persons chopped off her braid while she was in her room. The girl claimed that after chopping off her braid, the braid chopper jumped over the two-storied building of her house and…

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Lost foreign tourists mobbed in Kashmir as locals suspect them of braid-chopping

The situation was beginning to turn unruly when police and few other locals and calmed the mob down. Six foreign tourists who had lost their way and were mistaken as braid choppers by locals in the interiors of Kashmir’s summer capital Srinagar were rescued by police owing to the intervention of some good Samaritans, police said on Sunday. The six tourists – three Australians and one from South Korea, Ireland and England – were travelling from Leh to Srinagar in a vehicle and lost their way near the old city…

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Unassuming youths bear the brunt as cops grope in dark for Braid chopping culprits

The soaring number of braid-chopping incidents, which are showing no signs of relenting, have claimed an unlikely victim in Kashmir: Lovebirds! As braids of more than 180 women have been chopped off in Jammu and Kashmir in over a month, the boys are falling prey to hysterical mobs who seek explanations about their presence in and around the homes of their girlfriends. Strangers roaming on the streets are seen with eyes of suspicion, and on many occasions, have been manhandled or assaulted if they weren’t able to explain their presence…

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No let up in braid chopping incidents, KEA asks Govt to stop the menses

People stage protests at many places, blame admin of shielding culprits Most victims are psychiatric patients or 10 standard failures: IGP KEA asks Govt to stop braid chopping incidents A series of fresh braid chopping incidents were reported from south, north and central Kashmir Thursday triggering protests at several places with people blaming the administration for “shielding the culprits”. The braid of a 40-year old woman was chopped by unknown persons at Nowdal village of Tral in South Kashmir’s district Pulwama last evening. According to her family members, the victim…

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Restrictions in Srinagar to prevent protests against growing incidents of braid chopping

“These restrictions have been imposed to maintain law and order in the city,” police said. Authorities imposed restrictions in many parts of Srinagar on Friday to prevent separatist called protests against growing incidents of braid chopping in the Valley. Police said that restrictions under section 144 CrPc will remain in force on Friday in areas under the jurisdiction of Khanyar, Nowhatta, Rainawari, MR Gunj, Safa Kadal, Maisuma and Krakkhud police station in Srinagar city. “These restrictions have been imposed to maintain law and order in the city,” police said. Over…

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Anger brews across Kashmir over RSS call to end Autonomy

A leading right-wing Hindu nationalist has sparked anger by calling for the state of Jammu and Kashmir to lose its autonomy and be integrated into the rest of India. Critics say Mohan Bhagwat, leader of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), is behind a sectarian drive to make India a Hindu-only country. The RSS is the ideological driving force behind Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), and Modi is a lifelong member. In a speech on Sunday to mark RSS foundation day, Bhagwat called on the government to…

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Draw up plan for road repairs in Valley: HC tells R&B Dept

Seeks response from NHAI on Srinagar-Sopore-Baramulla highway The J&K High Court has directed the Roads and Buildings (R&B) Department, which is responsible for the upkeep and upgrade of several important roads and highways across Kashmir, to draw up a comprehensive plan for all districts, so that the roads are dug up for the laying of utility services and macadamisation is done in a coordinated manner. These directions were issued today by a division bench of the High Court, which is hearing a PIL on highways in Kashmir. The directions to…

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Former PDP Panch, Cop among 3 killed in south Kashmir

A former panch of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and a policeman are among three people killed in south Kashmir in last 24 hours. Police said unknown fired from point blank range towards former PDP panch Ghulam Rasool Ganaie at his shop in Nambal village in Mattan area of south Kashmir’s Anantnag district. Ganaie sustained critical bullet injuries and was evacuated to hospital, where doctors declared him brought dead. Immediate after the incident took place, police and paramilitary forces launched a combing and search operation in the area to nab the…

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Fresh braid chopping incidents reported from several places across Kashmir

In a first incident of its kind, unidentified persons snatched gold chain from a woman after chopping off her braid in Magam area of Budgam district. Reports said that two persons masquerading as beggars entered into a house at Mulbushan village. “While finding the woman alone in the house, they sprayed something on her face, rendering her unconscious. The criminals not only stole her gold chain but also chopped off her braid,” the reports said. The incident triggered panic in the village. In another incident, braid chopping occurred at Laddi…

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