People beat up innocents in 72 braid-chopping incidents: DGP

Jammu/Srinagar, Oct 23: In Kashmir, there were 72 cases of people beating up innocents on the suspicion of them being braid-choppers and cases would be registered against all those who took law into their own hands, Director General of Police (DGP) Dr S P Vaid said today.
He also said if needed, those accused of beating up the innocent would be slapped with Public Safety Act (PSA), but no innocent person being branded as braid-chopper by the public on suspicion would be booked.
“In 72 cases (of braid chopping), people took law into their own hands and beat up the innocent (in Kashmir Valley)”, Vaid said.
Asserting that FIRs would be lodged in all the 72 cases, he said, “The police will deal with miscreants sternly.”
The DGP said police would not book any innocent person and in cases where an innocent person have been handed over to the police by the public on the suspicion of being a braid-chopper, police authorities should tell the facts to the media clearly.
Vaid said all districts now have Special Investigation Teams (SITs) and officials from Social Welfare and Health department have be involved in it.
The health department should depute teams to meet braid-chopping victims and probe the matter, he said.
The DGP said, “It (braid-chopping incidents) took place in many parts of northern India and then it was reported in Jammu. Such cases were also reported in south, central and north Kashmir”.
“But the difference is that, in Kashmir, there are elements who do not want peace and normalcy,” Vaid said, adding such elements were trying to exploit people’s sentiments to trigger unrest.
Impressing on the youth to use the social media for positive endeavours and not for the disruptive activities, Director General of Police (DGP) Dr S P Vaid said on Monday that there is a need to propagate adventure sports through Facebook.
Speaking at the concluding function of 35 day long Wall Climbing Camp organised by Jammu and Kashmir Police in collaboration with Department of Tourism under Civic Action Programme (CAP) at Tourist Reception Centre (TRC) Nowgam here, Dr Vaid impressed upon the youth to use the social media for positive endeavours such as adventure sports and not for the disruptive activities.
He said that since Jammu and Kashmir had enough potential of adventure sports and there is a need to harness the same and propagate them through facebook and other social media by making adventure sports clubs.
DGP, who was chief guest on the occasion distributed prizes among the winners including first three position. 182 youth from South Kashmir districts of Anantnag, Pulwama, Shopian, Kulgam, Awantipora participated in this camp.
While complementing Armed Police and the Department of Tourism for organizing the camp Dr Vaid said that there is lot of talent in Kashmir and we are trying to provide opportunities to these youth so that they can use their energies for constructive purposes.
Praising the efforts of Lal Public School, Botakadal, Srinagar for showcasing the cultural heritage by exhibiting the symbols of culture the DGP announced cash prize of Rs 20,000 for the school.