A 70-year-old man, Abdul Salam Wani, who sustained critical injuries after being attacked by the residents of Danter village of south Kashmir's Anantnag district on Thursday night, mistaking him to be a braid chopper, died on Friday.
While as spokesman of Hurriyat Conference led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said the present government has failed on all fronts and was acting as a mute spectator over the frequent incidents of braid chopping.
A JKLF spokesperson in a statement issued here termed these arrests as "an evident support of so-called rulers to criminals involved in braid chopping".
Two women were thrashed at a wedding feast on similar suspicion in Baba Demb area of the city.
IG (Kashmir range) Munir Khan said witnesses have so far refused to cooperate and police are unable to trace the culprits.
Mobile Internet services were today snapped across Kashmir to prevent rumour mongering following several cases of vigilante violence against braid chopping incidents in the Valley, officials said. People suspected him to be a braid-chopper but he was in the area meet his girlfriend. Local people have set up vigilante mobs to keep surveillance against braid choppers in different places of Kashmir Valley.
The braid chopping incidents have been reported in states of Rajasthan, New Delhi, Haryana, West Bengal and recently in Punjab.
Special investigation teams and round the clock help lines have been set up in every district to probe the incidents.