According to a report published in Zee News, Malik and some of his men tried to obstruct the rescue and relief operations being carried out by the Indian Army under Operation Megh Rahat in a flood-hit area of the Kashmir Valley. They reportedly hijacked a rescue boat to carry out the relief distribution task by themselves.
A social media video and news reports aired by an English news channel showed Malik asking the relief workers to abandon the boat. They were also seen forcing women patients out of the Army relief boat.
The JKLF chief reportedly remarked that Kashmiris do not want the army to carry out rescue operations in Kashmir. Separatist leaders in the state also allegedly pelted stones at army jawans and personnel of the National Disaster Response Force. Even army helicopters carrying relief material were not allowed to land, it was alleged.