Jammu and Kashmir police arrest 18 people for allegedly assaulting three army personnel after accusing them of braid chopping

Srinagar: Eighteen people have been arrested for allegedly assaulting three army personnel accusing them of being braid choppers in Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir, the police said on Saturday.

Representational image. AFP

Representational image. AFP

"Police have so far arrested 18 accused, including the main conspirators in the case, and recovered cash, ATM cards and mobile phones looted from the Army men," a police spokesman said.

Three Territorial Army men were mercilessly assaulted by a mob on 18 October.

"A police party was rushed to the spot and after strenuous efforts, the injured army men were rescued," the police spokesman said.

During investigation, it surfaced that the men were on their way to the Sheeri market area, the spokesman said.

"They boarded a bus from Kitchama. Qaiser Bilal, a known stone pelter, also boarded the same bus. Bilal hatched a conspiracy to get the army men killed by falsely accusing them of being braid choppers. He raised an alarm near Sheeri Market and got a violent mob attack them," the spokesman added.

He said that certain elements have been using the braid-chopping incidents to disrupt peace and order in the valley, spread animosity between people and the security forces, and create an atmosphere of fear and uncertainty forcing women to remain confined to their homes so that the radical religious agenda of these elements are realised.

Published Date: Oct 21, 2017 18:07 PM | Updated Date: Oct 21, 2017 18:07 PM

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