In a shocking episode a mentally abnormal person was beaten in north Kashmir's Sopore after taken as braid chopper, reports said on Friday.
According to the police, the crowd also tried to set the suspect on fire.
"Immediately, a police party rushed to spot and found that a mob was beating one person ruthlessly". The miscreants was trying to set the person ablaze. Some miscreants were trying to run a tractor over him.
The rescued youth was identified as Wasim Ahmad Tantray and police said he turned out to be a mentally challenged.
Police received an information about this incident and immediately rushed to the location. He had been referred to Srinagar civil hospital for further treatment.
While Ayub's murder exposed the widening fault lines within Kashmir, the attack on Tantray exposed another disgusting side of mob mentality. "Is this justifiable?" he said.
The police have identified those involved in the incident and an FIR has been registered.
Reacting to the video, Kashmiri nitizens on social media expressed anger and resentment over the action. "Government will ensure steps are taken to find the motives behind these", she said after chairing a meeting of officials here. "For God sake stop this now".
The police have announced a reward of Rs 6 lakh for information leading to arrest of braid choppers. He was an innocent person who had come to offer prayers at Dargah Hazratbal.
Meanwhile in another incident, police rescued a man from a mob in Hazratbal area in Srinagar.
The vigilantism over alleged braid chopping is Kashmir has gone wrong again, rather taken a weird turn. As clashes between protestors and cops broke out, the jawan was eventually rescued.
A day earlier, a Special Police Officer who was on a visit of the area to meet his brother, a student of Kashmir University, at his rented accommodation was also beaten up by a mob on suspicion of being braid chopper.
The police and witnesses said that a mob caught hold of the mentally deranged person and thrashed him severely.
The mob burnt the grass and threatened him to confess of braid chopping otherwise they would set him on fire.
They tried to lynch him but police party reached on spot and rescued the person from being lynched, police said.
Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kashmir Muneer Ahmad Khan said mob vigilantism won't be tolerated.
With police yet to make a breakthrough in its investigation in the braid chopping incidents in Kashmir, events have taken a unsafe turn with mob attempting to immolate a deranged youth and drown another youth in Valley on Friday.
Over 120 braid chopping incidents have taken place in Valley in about a month and these incidents have caused fear psychosis among the people, especially the womenfolk.