A day after separatist leader Abdul Ghani Bhat said three Kashmiri leaders were killed by their own people, Peoples Conference chairman Sajad Lone, whose father was among the killed, said, “Truth, however bitter, must prevail”.
Lone said on the social networking site, Facebook: “Prof Bhat’s statement (is) yet another chance for the nation to evolve ... The least we owe to the people is the right to know who killed whom.”
Lone’s update sparked off a debate over the killings of the Mirwaiz Muhammad Farooq in 1990, academician Abdul Ahmad Bhat in 1993 and Abdul Ghani Lone in 2002.
“Don’t be surprised to find all this being covered up under the sanctity of the green flag that the people have been religiously holding onto for decades now,” commented one on Lone’s thread on Facebook.
Even state police chief Kuldeep Khoda said it had vindicated the police stand. “He said what we had been saying since long.”
But many have questioned the silence of Bhat for so long. “Bhat’s utterances cannot be seen in isolation. He is not beyond any doubt himself. Why was he silent all these years? Doesn’t that make him a party to all the dirty politics going on behind the scene?” said another Facebook user.
Reacting harshly to the Bhat’s statement on the social networking site, Rifat Fatima, chief of the hard-line separatist group, Dukhatan-e-Milat, said, “The statement has uncovered the faces of these so-called separatist leaders working at the behest of Indian agencies.”
She said, “The statement was made to sabotage the present movement but people know who is who in Kashmir.”