Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chief Yasin Malik Tuesday said there is a reason to believe that the 2010 street protests in Kashmir were “orchestrated by the Indian army”.
Malik approached the High Court seeking investigations by a retired Supreme Court judge or the chief justice of a High Court in light of the media reports that politicians in the state were paid money by the Army.
“It is submitted that having regard to the disclosure made and report of Lt General Vinod Bhatia, excerpts of which have been reported by the press, there is reason to believe that the whole operation was orchestrated by the Indian Army in the Valley during 2010,” Malik said in the petition. “It also appears that the massacre of the people coupled with destruction of the private properties bringing the whole state to a standstill, was the outcome of deep-routed conspiracy in which state funds were used, official positions abused and many people in the civil administration/police used including amongst journalists.”
Malik has said in his petition “the discernable objective (of the 2010 mass uprising) appears to be to perpetuate killing of innocent people, continue the conflict and cover up fake encounters by Army like that of Machil and Pathribal”. Malik said the other objective could be to provide justification for the continuation of Armed Forces Special Powers Act.