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Man arrested over braid-chopping rumour in Kashmir

Close to 30 cases of braid chopping, excluding 15 unsuccessful attempts, have been reported across the Kashmir valley till October 7.

india Updated: Oct 11, 2017 19:16 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India, Srinagar
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Women shout slogans and block a road during a protest against braid choping incidents in the Valley at Habakadal in Srinagar on October 6.(PTI Photo)

The Jammu and Kashmir Police on Wednesday arrested a man on charges of spreading a rumour about the death of a girl after a braid-chopping incident in Habbakadal area of Srinagar, a police spokesman said.

The miscreant, identified as Abid Hussain Saudagar, was traced and arrested from Arampora locality in Nawakadal area, he said.

“The police has arrested a rumour-monger who had spread the rumour about the death of a girl,” the spokesman said.

He said the rumour had spread like a “wild fire” last evening.

“Most of the people panicked and a sense of insecurity prevailed all over. People got emotional and started pelting stones at the security forces establishments and vehicles,” the spokesman said.

“It was planned to generate a potential for civil unrest,” he said.

The spokesman said the police investigated the rumour and found it “baseless”.

First Published: Oct 11, 2017 19:15 IST