Mistaken as braid choppers; 2 civilians mercilessly beaten

Srinagar, Oct 9: Police has taken cognizance of rumours being spread out by some miscreants through social media, Facebook and WhatsApp, about capture of so-called braid choppers at Nishat, Srinagar.
An FIR has been lodged against the miscreants and investigation has been started to identify the persons involved in fabricating the news. The truth about the photograph circulated is that; on the evening of October 6, 2017 two local residents captured two persons at Nishat accusing them of being braid choppers. They were beaten and thrashed severely by the residents. However, as the police got to know about the incident, a police team promptly rushed to the spot and took custody of the ‘captured persons’.
They were however let off after proper investigation and treatment as they had received injuries during thrashing by the people.
One of them Sameer Ahmad Khan son of Noor Mohammad Khan resident of Ahmad Nagar runs a boutique at Gojwara Srinagar under the banner of “Silayee Ghar”.
He, along with his friend Tahir Ahmad Beigh son of Ghulam Qadir Beigh resident of Gujwara had gone to collect some material from one of his customers, a girl (name with held) resident of Ishbar Nishat.
The girl is also sister in law of Sameer’s brother.
As the duo reached near girl’s house, some two or three persons raised alarm doubting them as “braid choppers”.
Meanwhile several other residents gathered and started beating them mercilessly. They could have been lynched if police did not act on time and rescued them.
However, since today morning, some Facebook and WhatsApp user groups have started to spread rumours about them that they had admitted their guilt as being “braid choppers”.
Police has taken cognizance of these rumours, and a case FIR number 54 has been registered in Police Station Nishat.
The investigation of the case is going on and efforts are on to identify the persons involved in fabricating the news. Police has requested general public not to pay heed to rumour mongers.