Panic over women's hair allegedly being chopped off in the Valley led to the death of a septuagenarian on Thursday night after a young man hit him with a stone under the impression he was the one behind the mysterious incidents.
Residents said Abdul Salam Wani, 70, was hit in Danter village in Anantnag district when he was returning from a mosque after the night prayers.
They said the man who threw the stone at him thought he was the braid chopper out at night.
The Anantnag police, however, said they were not aware of the incident.
"We have not received any complaint or report about the incident," a police official said.
The villagers said Wani succumbed to injuries on his way to a hospital.
Asked why the matter was not reported to the police, a resident said, "It was an accident".
Fear has been spreading across the Valley with women complaining about their hair being cut by unidentified people over the past few days.
A transgender, dressed as a woman, was caught by a mob and beaten up on the suspicion of being a braid chopper, a police spokesman said.
The victim had to be rescued by police as the mob tried to lynch him, the spokesman said. -- PTI