Kashmir: 70-year-old man killed after being mistaken for braid chopper

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Earlier a similar killing was reported from Agra, Uttar Pradesh, where a 65 -year-old Dalit woman was lynched by a mob.

Police said Wani was mistaken for a braid chopper and hit by a brick in Danter village of Anantnag.

Repeated reports of braid chopping have led to formation of vigilante groups, that started patrolling neighborhoods in a bid to keep an eye on the miscreants.

In another case, a young boy was beaten up in Delina area of Baramulla district this week.

In occupied Kashmir, the students of Women's College Maulana Azad Road, Srinagar, held a protest, today, against the increasing incidents of braid-chopping in the territory.

"Out of 30 cases, there are three girls who allege chopping of their hair on seven occasions".

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Jammu and Kashmir Police have established a helpline and announced a reward of six lakh rupees for information leading to arrest of braid choppers. People suspected him to be a braid-chopper but he was in the area meet his girlfriend.

The protesting students raised slogans inside the college premises against the continued incidents and demanded arrest of the culprits.

"We should stop behaving like this and try not to follow rumours blindly".

However, in many instances innocent people have suffered at the hands of the mob. He said raising voice against braid chopping incidents is seen by the government as a crime.

Special investigation teams and round the clock help lines have been set up in every district to probe the incidents.

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