A “mentally challenged” man was rescued from a mob which was trying to kill him suspecting that he was a braid-chopper, in Sopore area of the Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir, police said on Friday. Police received information that an alleged “braid-chopper” has been nabbed by locals in the Fruit Mandi area of Sopore, 52 kms from Srinagar, a police spokesman said.
“Immediately, a police party rushed to spot and found that a mob was beating one person ruthlessly. The miscreants had also burnt some grass and were trying to set the person ablaze. Some miscreants were trying to run a tractor over him,” the spokesman said. The victim, identified as Wasim Ahmad Tantray, was rescued by the police team, he said, adding Tantray is “reportedly mentally challenged”.
“Tantray was immediately rushed to a hospital in Sopore. As the condition of the injured is stated to be critical, he was referred to a hospital in Srinagar,” he said. The spokesman said police have registered an FIR and identified those involved in the incident. More than 130 braid-chopping incidents have been reported from various parts of Kashmir over the past one month but police has so far failed to make any arrest.
Special investigation teams have been set up to nab those involved in braid chopping, which has created fear psychosis among the people, especially the women folk. The police have announced a reward of Rs 6 lakh for information leading to arrest of braid choppers.