SRINAGAR: As Kashmir Valley continues to witness protests against increased incidence of braid-chopping a group of six foreign tourists was on Saturday night detained by angry residents in Srinagar’s Rainawari area on suspicion of being involved in the crime.
However, the police immediately rushed to the area and rescued them, said an official release issued here on Sunday.
It said that the station house officer of the Rainawari police station, G.P. Singh, was alerted by the Police Control Room (Kashmir) and “some sources” that six foreign tourists have been rounded up by some people in Rainawari’s Kanikachi Latti Mohalla on the suspicion of being braid choppers.
A police team rushed to the area and rescued the detained tourists with the help of some locals. The police investigations revealed that the tourists including three Australians and one each from South Korean, Ireland and England (four males and two females) were travelling from Leh to Srinagar in a Tavera vehicle driven by one Aabid Hussain, a resident of Jammu’s Doda district.
Meanwhile, the security across the Valley has been tightened in view of a strike call issued by an alliance of key separatist leaders for Monday against the growing number of braid-chopping incidents....