Braid-chopping frenzy in Kashmir: JKLF chief mocks at police, asks vigilantes to not hurt innocents

JKLF chief Yasin Malik in a file picture.

The Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front Tuesday mocked at the police, raising questions on the alleged delay in the arrest of people accused in braid chopping incidents.

Mohammad Yasin Malik, who heads of the the factions of the pro-independence group, said:  “…these attacks are intended to create fear psychosis among Kashmiris and make their lives more vulnerable.”

Malik, who is lodged in the central prison here since October 6, said in a statement that “Kashmiris can never be bogged down by these kinds of condemnable acts.”

Terming the “inability” of government and police for “failing to identify the culprits behind these cowardly acts as surprising”, the JKLF chairman said:  police and other forces are very swift while dealing with peaceful protests and protesters and show brutal haste while identifying people, organizations behind any happenings even before the actual occurrence of that act and are very swift while putting teen-age protesters in jails under the garb of stone pelting, seem to be clueless about the attacks on the chastity of Kashmiri women.”

He claimed that hundreds of braid-cutting incidents have been reported throughout Kashmir, however, “police has maintained criminal silence and instead are threatening common people.”

Malik said: “…conspiratorial attitude of police and failure in identifying and arresting the culprits is raising many questions and so are the reported rescue operation by Indian forces to save the alleged braid cutters.”

“Enemies of Freedom, humanity and human values, want to create a fear psychosis among common masses in Kashmir but we want to tell these enemies that Kashmiris in past have successfully dealt with similar kinds of intimidations and will defeat these wicked designs this time too,” the former militant commander, who shunned gun in 1994, said.

He also asked the locals to remain vigilant and not to attack innocents while they keep vigils. “…a plot of enemy to defeat us psychologically and we all with our unity and community based vigil will have to defeat these ugly designs,” he added.

“We have to remain vigilant against braid choppers, but at the same time we will have to make distinction between culprits and innocents and keep away from inflicting harm to any innocent,”  he concluded.