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Azad stopped at Jammu Airport, sent back
8/20/2019 10:59:45 PM
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NEW DELHI, Aug 20: Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azam is being sent back to Delhi after being stopped at the Jammu airport on Tuesday. The leader of Opposition Rajya Sabha was to attend a meeting at the Jammu Pradesh Congress Committee headquarters.
This was his second attempt to reach Jammu and Kashmir. Earlier the Congress MP and Kashmir Congress chief Ghulam Ahmed Mir were detained at the Srinagar airport on August 8 and sent back to Delhi.
The two landed at the Srinagar airport after taking a flight from Delhi and were immediately stopped at the airport. Ghulam Nabi Azad was sent back to Delhi on a Vistara flight at 3.30 pm.
According to sources, the two Congress leaders were stopped from entering Kashmir over security concerns and as a preventive measure.
Authorities were concerned that allowing political leaders to interact with Kashmiris may flare up tension in the region that is seeing an unprecedented lockdown.
Before leaving for Kashmir, Ghulam Nabi slammed National Security Advisor Ajit Doval over his video of interacting and eating with Kashmiris on the streets of Kashmir amid the ongoing lockdown.
Kashmir had been facing a lockdown since August 4, a day before the Centre passed a resolution to scrap Article 370 of the Indian Constitution that granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir.
Section 144 has been imposed in Kashmir amid additional troop deployment across the state. Jammu and Kashmir has been bifurcated into two Union Territories by the Modi government.
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