DCP southeast, Romil Baaniya said the incident took place when the 14-year-old girl was sleeping. The investigators, in their interaction with the girl's relatives and neighbours, learnt that it was the girl's 10-year-old brother and 12-year-old nephew who did it. She was sent to a hospital for counselling, the police said. "Her parents have given this in writing", the DCP said.
"There have been many incidents in which unusual demands are made by the tantrics to the superstitious people who fall prey to them", a source told the paper, on conditions of anonymity.
On Friday, two fresh cases of chopped braids were reported but no official complaint was made. Police have again appealed to people to stay calm and avoid spreading rumours.
One incident was reported from Mayapuri, while another was from South-East Delhi's Ambedkar Nagar.
"So far, no miscreant has been caught in CCTV cameras, nor has any suspicious movement been witnessed by people known to the victim", a senior Delhi police officer said.
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"When they asked the girl's brother to tell them what happened, he broke down and said he and his cousin chopped their sister's hair to scare her", a police officer said.
Police officials said victims have been giving varying accounts of the incidents, with some even changing their statements quite frequently making it hard for them to ascertain the actual sequence of events.
Meanwhile, the police is clueless about other similar cases.
In Kapashera, a 53-year-old complained that she fell unconscious in the bathroom and found her hair chopped when she regained consciousness.
"Her chopped off hair was lying next to her".