Massive clashes against braid chopping rocks Srinagar parts

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By Fast Kashmir on 16/10/2017.

Srinagar, October 16: Intense clashes erupted in parts of Srinagar city today against the incidents of braid chopping during which police used teargas shells against the protesters.
According to reports received by GNS, massive clashes erupted at Maisuma and adjacent areas of Lal Chowk today after braid of local lady was chopped by mysteriously. Hundreds of people including women took to Budshah Chowk and resorted to massive sloganeering against the incident.

Pic by, Shah Jehangir/FK

As protesters refused to disperse, police used teargas shells after which intense clashes erupted at Maisuma, Budshah Chowk, Koker Bazar and Gowkadal. Scores of youth pelted stones on police and CRPF and enforced shutdown in various markets of the city centre. The clashes continued for several hours and massive teargas shelling rattled the commercial hub.
The clashes and protests against braid chopping also erupted at Habba Kadal and Zaldagar areas of the old city. Reports said that locals claimed braid of lady was cut in Chinkral Mohalla Habba Kadal and against which they took to streets and staged protests. The protesters pelted stones on police and CRPF while the forces responded by firing teargas shells. The clashes in the area continued for several hours.

Pic by, Shah Jehangir/FK

The students of Islamia College at Hawal in downtown also staged protests against the braid chopping incidents. The students took out a procession from their college and clashed with police in and outside the campus. The police fired teargas canisters and also used pepper shells against the students. The clashes affected the teaching work in Islamia College.
Meanwhile, the IGP Kashmir Munir Khan today said that police would go for scientific mode of investigation to unveil the mystery behind braid chopping incidents. He rejected those news reports which suggested that the police would conduct lie-detection tests of braid chopping victims. (GNS)