Jammu and Kashmir separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani on Monday filed a police complaint against the presence of an armed military intelligence official at his rally in Sopore on Friday. Geelani has alleged it was an attempt by the army to assassinate him.
"They either wanted to kill me or they wanted to fire in the crowd, which would have created chaos and killed people. Then they would have named militants for the attack," said Geelani while addressing a press conference at his Hyderpora residence here.
"There have been 18 attempts on my life by security forces since October 30, 1995, when a rocket was fired at my residence," he added.
The army had said Naik Kamlesh Mishra was sent to Sopore, around 55 km from here, as part of a "covert team of police and army to track the movement of terrorists" in Geelani's rally on Friday.
"He was not part of any covert operation. He was part of some deep-rooted conspiracy hatched by the army intelligence to eliminate Geelani," read the complaint.
Geelani accused the police of "siding with the army". He said, "The police have arrested 12 youths who beat up the armed jawan at my rally. It is ironical that those who faced injustice have been booked."
The police, however, commended Geelani for "reposing his trust in the system".
Sopore superintendent of police Imtiyaz Ahmad said the army had earlier lodged an FIR into the incident.
"We will investigate both claims and counter-claims fairly," he added.
In an e-mailed statement to media, a police spokesman said Geelani was told to produce the pistol, identity card and the camera that had been "recovered" by Geelani's men.