Territorial Army Soldier Mistaken As Braid-Chopper, Thrashed In Kupwara

BARAMULLA, OCT 17——–A Territorial Army soldier was on Tuesday thrashed by locals after they mistook him as a braid chopper in Raddi Chowkibal village of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district.

Reports and eye witnesses said that a soldier from the Territorial Army soldier, whose name was immediately known, was moving in the village when a group of villagers took him as a braid chopper and beat him to pulp.

They said an army party reached at the spot and rescued the soldier after getting information about the incident.

Soon, the villagers staged a protest demonstration.

There have been over 100 incidents of braid chopping in the Valley during last one month, but not a single culprit has been arrested so far.

The general scare among women folk in Kashmir has given rise to civilian brigades who keep vigil in villages and towns in the Valley but these vigilante mobs often end up roughing up or beating innocent people.

Police have vehemently denied allegations that any member of the state police or any other security force is involved in these incidents.

They also say that the victims have so far not been cooperating with them which is required for investigators to establish the motive of these crimes.

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