New Delhi: Leaders of separatist organisation Hurriyat Conference are behind the sudden spurt in incidents of stone pelting on security forces.
Intercepts of conversation between hardline leaders of Syed Ali Shah Geelani's Hurriyat faction which is with the Intelligence Bureau and has been accessed by CNN-IBN show that separatist leaders instigating the mob to indulge in stone pelting.
Two office-bearers of Hurriyat - Ghulam Ahmed Dar and Shabir Ahmed Wani - are caught on tape discussing getting 15 people killed in a procession that took place in Srinagar on Wednesday.
According to the transcript Dar was heard telling Wani that a procession of nearly 20,000 people had started from Magam and was going towards Budgam.
The intercept reveals Shabir Ahmed Wani telling Dar, "You guys enjoy payments sitting at home and do nothing." Dar, in his response, says "it gets difficult to manage the mob later." Dar then adds, "At least 15 people should be martyred today."
But PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti blames the state and Central Government for the violence.
"The state government is branding the people anti-national instead of providing a healing touch. We have got used to such leaks. Whenever there is trouble there are people who fish in troubled waters," she says.
Security and intelligence agencies have been claiming that stone pelting incidents are not spontaneous and separatist leaders are instigating the mobs.