Braid chopping incidents aimed to disturb peace: Altaf

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‘Will provide security outside colleges, schools if need arises’

Braid chopping incidents aimed to disturb peace: Altaf


Srinagar Oct 07:

Minister for Education, Syed AltafBukhari, Saturday said that the braid chopping incidents were a ploy to vitiate peace in Kashmir. Bukhari said that government may provide security at the girls’ schools and colleges in case of exigency.
Bukhari said that the Kashmiri people have faced “things similar to braid chopping throughout the 90s and people will valiantly fight the menace”. He was speaking at the annual day function of the KothiBaghgirls higher secondary school.
Bukhari said that the people should help the government to nab the “culprits rather than take the law into their own hands.”
“We should desist from things like killing an old man in Anantnag. We should not panic. Police is are working on it and the culprits will soon be identified,” Bukhari said, adding that there are “rumour mongers who want to disturb peace.”
On the special investigation team formed to probe the braid chopping incidents, Bukhari said that the police has arrested a maid who was working at a house that falls in his constituency “who out of some personal vendetta had chopped the braid of her house owner.”
“Those behind this conspiracy will soon be unmasked, but we still don’t know whether it is an organised crime or not,” he said. “Fear level is very high in the society but then the children of the Valley have borne the brunt of such things in the past and will come through it also.’’
He added that the catastrophes like the 2014 Kashmir floods were valiantly fought by the Kashmir society and “soon the braid choppers will be brought to justice.”
“We have to send a message to the world that the Kashmir society will fight such things in a united manner.”
On the Hurriyat Conference’s stand on braid chopping, Bukhari said that the Hurriyat has “every right to put forth their views and concerns on the issue.’’
“We must not see everything with a political mindset. The Hurriyat has every right to speak on the issue because it concerns all the members of the society.”
On the snapping of internet services, Bukhari said that this was done to “curb rumours.” “95 percent cases turn out to be rumours.”
He added that people should help the police in investigations and the government will leave “no stone unturned to arrest the braid choppers.”
Earlier Bukhari inaugurated the Aadhar enrolment centre for the students of government schools of Srinagar. Later he felicitated the students.
At the convocation function, the young girl students performed Kashmiri, Punjabi and Ladakhi songs and a Kashmiri song was performed by the teachers of the school. Skits on environment preservation and importance of parents in the lives of children were also performed. Young girl students also performed on the poetry of leading English language poets including William Shakespeare.
Congratulating the school for the annual convocation day function, Bukhari said that the “trend of holding such convocations is very fruitful for the students and teachers as it encourages and recognizes their efforts.” The event was also attended by secretary school education Farooq Shah, director school education G.N Itoo and other officers of the education department.


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