The separatist leaders have appealed to people to hand over suspected braid choppers to mosque committees and not to deal with them directly.
The victim, identified as Wasim Ahmad Tantray, was rescued by the police team, he said, adding Tantray is "reportedly mentally challenged".
Mysterious braid chopping incidents are occurring in the valley these days and the police say thieves and other criminals are taking advantage of the fear psychosis.
Angry residents blocked Rambagh-Natipora road in the city in the morning to protest against a braid chopping incident in the Beighpora area, the officials said.
The braid chopping incidents have created a fear psychosis among residents of Kashmir, particularly women, as the culprits have been carrying out their attacks regularly.
Over a dozen incidents of braid chopping have been reported from different parts of Srinagar during the last one month but nobody has been arrested.
Chandigarh: After Rajasthan, Haryana and Delhi, Punjab has also witnessed braid-chopping incidents, with women claiming that their hair had been cut off under "mysterious circumstances". A...
The string of unexplained attacks has occurred in largely rural areas, where superstitious beliefs sparks hysteria and allegations of witchcraft.