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Braid-chop hysteria grips Punjab, 10 cases in a day

Mystery on seven new cases reported in Muktsar district alone; police trash so-called victims’ claims in some cases.

punjab Updated: Aug 06, 2017 18:16 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
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Meena Devi of Chandu village in Sangrur showing the braid that she claimed was chopped in sleep on Friday night.(HT Photo)

Muktsar: At least 10 new cases of braid chopping were reported in the state on Saturday, with seven of them from Muktsar alone.

In Muktsar, Jasveer Kaur (45) of Chauntra village claimed she had a strange dream around midnight after which she fell unconscious. She found her braid chopped off when she woke up, she said.

Her son Jagseer Singh said they are in a state of panic since they are unable to get any clue how this happened.

Sonam (17) of Gidderbaha claimed that her hair was chopped off when she was sleeping in room with her grandmother. She claimed to have seen a shadow around midnight after which she fell unconscious. When she woke up in the morning, she claimed to have found her braid chopped off.

Ramandeep Kaur of Gidderbaha said she was sleeping with her husband and she heard the sound of scissors snapping during midnight and found hair removed in the morning. Tej Singh of village Kauni said that braid of his wife Karmjeet Kaur, 32 was chopped off. Tej Singh said that his wife is mentally upset.

Karmjeet Kaur, 63 of village Bharu also claimed that her hairs were chopped off on Saturday and she is unaware of how incident happened. Sarbjeet Kaur (17) of Tarkhanwala and Harpreet Kaur of Bheetiwala villages also complained of the same. Komalpreet Kaur (11) of Bharu village in Gidderbaha on Thursday and Preeti Kumari (13) of Guru Gobind Nagri of Malout had reported similar cases on Thursday and Friday.

‘Man barges into house, cuts hair’

Ludhiana: A 60-year-old woman from Dakha subdivision in the district claimed someone chopped her braid and fled after scaling the walls on Saturday afternoon. The alleged incident took place when the woman was alone at her house at Mullanpur village. Police reached the spot and started investigating the matter. They, however, suspect the woman’s version. Paramjit Kaur, a widow, claimed that at 1pm a man barged into her house and asked her whom she had voted in the Vidhan Sabha elections. Before she could say anything he flashed a scissors and cut off her braid and fled, she said.

Woman claims hair cut while sleeping

Sangrur: A woman from Chandu village near Khanauri in the district on Saturday claimed her braid was chopped off last night when she was sleeping at her house. The complainant, Meena Devi, said she found her hair on the ground when she woke up to go to bathroom. Khanauri station house officer (SHO) Sukhchain Singh said they have received a complaint and found the claim suspicious.

First Published: Aug 06, 2017 09:57 IST