Restrictions in seven police station areas today
Srinagar, Oct 19: As the braid-chopping ordeal is showing no signs of abating and authorities apparently groping in the dark, protests continued in many parts of Valley. The government has decided to impose restrictions in seven police station areas of city tomorrow.
According to reports received by GNS, locals staged protests against braid chopping incidents in Srinagar, Budgam and Ganderbal districts. Reports said the protests erupted at Hazratbal, Beerwah, Kralpora and Kangan areas against the braid cutting incidents. People blocked roads in these areas and enforced shutdown. There was however no major incident of violence.
Meanwhile, authorities in the wake of call for protests against the braid cuttings by resistance leadership have decided to impose restrictions under section 144 in seven police stations MR Gunj, Nowhatta, Rainawari, Safa Kadal, Khanyar, Maisuma and Kralkhud.
DC Kulgam forms SIT 
Deputy Commissioner Kulgam, Talat Parvez Rohella today chaired a meeting to review the progress, so far, on reported incidents of braid chopping in the district.
He directed for constituting a special composite investigation team comprising officers from revenue and police, besides doctors, counselling psychologist/psychiatrist who will investigate braid cutting incidents and provide assistance to victims.
On the occasion, the Deputy Commissioner said that Village Level Committees have already been constituted to maintain vigil and report facts on such incidents.
The members of the special investigation composite team said that during any incident, the crime spots are not preserved which debilitate them from carrying out proper investigations. In this regard, the Deputy Commissioner sought the cooperation of the people in helping the administration in preserving the crime spots so that evidence could be preserved on the basis of which, conclusive investigations are carried out.
The counsellors of the health department sought the cooperation of the victims and their families so that they can be taken out of the post-incident trauma.
Meanwhile, the Deputy Commissioner directed the members to ensure the investigation into the matters in a time bound manner with some conclusive evidences.
The Deputy Commissioner appealed the people to lend every sort of support to nab the culprits and help the district administration to prevent spreading of mass hysteria. In case of any assistance or help, people have been urged to contact the district administration on 019312601567051510654.
Srinagar admin seeks public help 
According to the spokesman District administration Srinagar, two incidents of braid chopping were reported in Srinagar on 18th of October, one at Mehjoor Nagar at 7 a.m and another at Sangam Srinagar at 3:30 p.m.
Reportedly both the ladies (victims) were attacked by unidentified assailants within the premises of their residential houses. The district administration immediately rushed the teams to provide medical assistance to the victims and to assess the situation in order to find ways and means to tackle this menace.
The Spokesman district administration said that It has come to fore after proper analysis that the braid chopping incidents occurred here over the past few days, are being used as a ploy by the trouble mongers to vitiate the peaceful atmosphere in the valley.
He said that in many cases the braid chopping incidents are followed by stone pelting and law and order derangements. Also, there have been cases where the thieves and criminals, disguising as braid choppers, take a free run.
 “In some cases braid chopping has become a tool of vengeance against mutual animosity. Some cases have been reported where past history of psychiatric affliction has also been found,” he added.
In this scenario, he requested the general public to remain cautious and help the administration to maintain law and order so that the nefarious designs in the garb of braid chopping do not find medium to vitiate peaceful atmosphere here.
Committee formed in Anantnag
District administration Anantnag has constituted a Committee to investigate the braid chopping incidents reported in the district.  The district administration has sought cooperation of the general public to nab culprits and maintaining peace.
Meanwhile, the district administration thanked Village and Auqaf committees for being proactive in their approach and maintaining vigil. The administration appealed people not to pay heed to rumors and cooperate with the Committee so that a thorough investigation is carried out into these incidents.
People have been urged to cooperate with district administration and for any assistance contact on 180018070540193222233794190470529419367252. (GNS)