Sarfaraz Ah Lone
Srinagar, Oct 16: Police on Monday ruled out the lie-detector or polygraph testing of the braid-chopping victims in the Kashmir.
Inspector General of Police (IGP) Munir Khan said scientific examination of the victims would be conducted.
“We will collect samples to know what type of sprays have been used on the victims,” Khan told journalists during a news conference in Srinagar.
Earlier, reports had said that the police was planning to conduct polygraph tests on the victims.
The Kashmir High Court Bar Association has said that victims of braid chopping can’t be subjected to lie-detector test against their consent.
The lawyers’ body was reacting to reports that the “police will take blood and sweat samples of the victims and resort to lie-detector tests, to investigate the braid chopping.”
“It is as an affront to the honour, dignity, reputation, safety and security of the victims of hair chopping and besides clarifying that it is not permissible under law to subject a victim to such kind of tests against his/her consent,” a spokesman of the lawyers’ body said.
He said these kind of tactics were only an attempt to protract and delay the investigation of hundreds of FIRs registered in different police stations of Kashmir against the braid choppers, “some of whom have been caught red-handed and have been handed over to police for proceedings against them under law, but has of now, no one has been challaned in the Court of law.”
Massive clashes continue in Valley
Intense clashes erupted in parts of Srinagar city today against the incidents of braid chopping during which police used teargas shells against the protesters.
According to reports received by GNS, massive clashes erupted at Maisuma and adjacent areas of Lal Chowk today after braid of local lady was chopped by mysteriously. Hundreds of people including women took to Budshah Chowk and resorted to massive sloganeering against the incident.
As protesters refused to disperse, police used teargas shells after which intense clashes erupted at Maisuma, Budshah Chowk, Koker Bazar and Gowkadal. Scores of youth pelted stones on police and CRPF and enforced shutdown in various markets of the city centre. The clashes continued for several hours and massive teargas shelling rattled the commercial hub.
The clashes and protests against braid chopping also erupted at Habba Kadal and Zaldagar areas of the old city. Reports said that locals claimed braid of lady was cut in Chinkral Mohalla Habba Kadal and against which they took to streets and staged protests. The protesters pelted stones on police and CRPF while the forces responded by firing teargas shells. The clashes in the area continued for several hours.
The students of Islamia College at Hawal in downtown also staged protests against the braid chopping incidents. The students took out a procession from their college and clashed with police in and outside the campus. The police fired teargas canisters and also used pepper shells against the students. The clashes affected the teaching work in Islamia College.
Meanwhile, the IGP Kashmir Munir Khan today said that police would go for scientific mode of investigation to unveil the mystery behind braid chopping incidents. He rejected those news reports which suggested that the police would conduct lie-detection tests of braid chopping victims. (GNS)