Vivek Agnihotri’s The Kashmir Files continues to rule the box office and has crossed 250 crores at the global box office. It also reportedly earned Rs 8 crore on Day 17 in India. It is currently the most-discussed film among both the audience and political parties. Based on the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits from Kashmir in the 1990s, has triggered several debates.
Political parties are busy in the blame game which has brought the spotlight over the two villains of The Kashmir Files Farooq Malik Bitta alias Bitta Karate and Yasin Malik. The duo has been portrayed as the flag-bearer of militant outfit Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front.
But who are these men and why they are being held responsible for creating terror among Kashmiri Pandits?
Who is Yasin Malik?
Yasin Malik was the Chairman of the Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF). As per reports, he has been voicing for the separation of Kashmir from both India and Pakistan. The reports also say that Malik decided to rebel after witnessing violence by the Indian security forces in 1980.
Later, Malik formed the Tala party that was responsible for printing and disturbing political articles and posters. In 1983, the party also tried to disrupt the first international cricket match at Srinagar during the West Indies cricket team’s tour to India. Following the incident, Malik was arrested and jailed for four months.
After Malik got released, the Tala party renamed itself the Islamic Students League (ISL) and appointed Malik as the general secretary. The party then joined the Muslim United Front (MUF) in 1987 for the assembly elections.
Post the elections, Yasin moved to Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and later returned to India in 1989 and became a member of the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front following which he killed four Indian Air Force personnel. It is said that he was also among the separatist leaders who led the genocide of Kashmiri Pandits in the 90s.
Who is Bitta Karate?
Farooq Ahmed Dar alias Bitta Karate was handpicked by the then JKLF chief commander Ashfaq Majeed Wani for armed training in PoK. He received armed training in a state-sponsored terrorist training camp for more than a month. He became synonymous with the killings of Kashmiri Pandits in the valley.