A hairy harvest season in Valley
With the braids of several women being cut off by unknown assailants, harvest of fruits in Kulgam of south Kashmir has lost its verve. People staged a shutdown and held a street protest on Monday against the government’s failure to nab the culprits after three women lost their braids in Anantnag and Kulgam in 24 hours. Probe onDeputy Commissioner, Kulgam, Talat Parvaiz said 14 cases of braid-chopping had been reported. “An inquiry committee has been set up. We appeal to the people to support the administration,” Mr. Parvaiz said. M.Y. Tarigami, Kulgam MLA and CPI(M) leader, people were panicking when the harvest season was in full swing. “This can also affect the ongoing fruit trade. The administration must gear up to book these anti-social elements,” Mr. Tarigami said. Local people told The Hindu that women had been forced to stay indoors and keep away from orchards. Kulgam is home to the Valley’s best apple orchards, and this is the peak harvest season. Malwan, Banimula, Chandargi, Galwanpora and Manzgam are among the affected villages.CM’s orderChief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has asked the police to carry out an investigation. “A special investigation team (SIT) has been formed, and very soon, they will nab the people involved in it,” Director-General Police S.P. Vaid said.