The infamous braid-cutter has struck in one more place — Kashmir Valley. It had earlier spread panic in Rajasthan, Haryana and parts of UP. Recently, Kashmiris have come forward and reported over 100 braid-cutting incidents.

Kashmir Police is yet to make a breakthrough in the cases, it said on Sunday (Oct 15).

“Yes, braid cutting incidents are now a challenge for us. It is a challenge for us in a way as to why these incidents are happening and who is doing it,” Kashmir range inspector general of police, Muneer Khan, told Greater Kashmir.

On 4th October, a 40-year-old woman at Nowdal village of Tral town in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district was targeted by the braid-cutter. Reports say that someone came and chopped off her hair, spreading terror in her village. Her family members said that the culprit attacked her while she was trying to use the washroom, which is located outside her house.

“Yes, braid cutting incidents are now a challenge for us. It is a challenge for us in a way as to why these incidents are happening and who is doing it,” Kashmir range inspector general of police, Muneer Khan

However, another woman who is a resident of Dangar Mohalla of Kaloosa area of Bandipora district in north Kashmir prevented such an incident from happening. Someone tried to cut her hair when she went to the washroom early in the morning.

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“The unknown person had managed to enter inside our house and was waiting for her to come out of the washroom. When she came out, the attacker tried to catch hold of her and tried to chop off her hair with a knife,” her family members said, India Today reported.

The police confessed to the media that it is facing difficulty in solving the case of the mysterious braid-cutter.

IG of police Muneer Khan said that the police have asked the victims to undergo a test. This will lead them to the spray that the attacker uses.

“We will collect the samples of the victims to figure out spray the culprits used to cut hair,” Khan said.

Khan said there are differences in cases happening in Kashmir compared to the rest of the country. “There, victims came forward. Here, not a single victim has come forward. In Kashmir, we have different ramifications of these incidents,” Khan said.

Kashmir Police has announced a prize money of Rs 6 lakh to whoever brings useful information about the braid-cutter.

Picture credit- TNS World

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