NEW DELHI — Congress MP and former J&K chief minister Ghulam Nabi Azad was on Thursday detained at the Srinagar airport as he and Kashmir Congress chief Gulam Ahmed Mir were not allowed to enter Kashmir. Ghulam Ahmed was also detained.
The two landed at the Srinagar airport on Thursday morning after taking a flight from Delhi and were immediately stopped at the airport and sent back to Delhi, reports India Today.
Authorities are concerned that allowing political leaders to interact with Kashmiris may flare up tension in the region that is seeing an unprecedented lockdown.
Sources say that Congress leaders were stopped from entering Kashmir over security concerns and as a preventive measure.
“The people of Jammu and Kashmir are sad. I am going there to be a part of their sadness, to be with them,” Mr Azad told reporters before leaving Delhi Thursday morning.
Ghulam Nabi also slammed National Security Advisor Ajit Doval over his video of interacting and eating with Kashmiris on the streets of Kashmir amid the ongoing lockdown.
Asked about the video, Ghulam Nabi said, “Paise dekar aap kisiko bhi saath le sakte ho (You can take anyone with you by giving them money).”
Kashmir faces a complete lockdown with zero communication facilities available to the locals. Over 500 people have been detained and arrested in Kashmir so far, including former chief ministers Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah.
National Conference (NC) chief Farooq Abdullah has been put under house arrest.
(With inputs from India Today)