Opposition team set for Kashmir visit

Opposition team set for Kashmir visit

A delegation of opposition leaders, including Rahul Gandhi, Sitaram Yechury, D. Raja, and Sharad Yadav, who attempted visiting Jammu and Kashmir on August 24, was sent back upon reaching Srinagar. A senior Congress leader reaffirmed that "Rahul Gandhi along with senior party leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad, Anand Sharma and leaders from CPI, CPI-M, RJD, DMK, and others will be part of the delegation".

The Jammu and Kashmir media department had said late on Friday that political leaders have been asked not to visit Srinagar at a time when the government is gradually trying to restore public order.

Trinamul tweeted: "Senior Trinamool Congress leader Dinesh Trivedi to visit Srinagar on Saturday along with other Opposition leaders".

A delegation of opposition leaders including Congress leader Rahul Gandhi was not allowed to step out of Srinagar airport.

Before leaving for Srinagar, Raja said they were not going to the Valley to create any law and order problem. "I told him - I don't need your plane but I will accept your invitation and I would come to Jammu and Kashmir", Mr Gandhi stated after returning to Delhi. Haven't seen such a contradiction. But unfortunately we were not allowed to go beyond the airport.

It also said political leaders should not make attempts to disturb their efforts to protect the people of the state from the threat "of cross-border terrorism and from attacks by militants and separatists".

The report says the leaders also intend to visit some other parts of the state, if allowed to enter. Top sources have said that the opposition delegation will not be permitted to leave the airport. Indian news organisation NDTV reported that Azad was twice stopped at Jammu airport, most recently on Tuesday, and was "forcibly" sent back to Delhi on each occasion. The Jammu and Kashmir situation is very concerning.

Strategically important locations and areas where the Valley's mainstream politicians have been detained face even more stringent restrictions with security forces barring entry of media personnel.

"We are all responsible political parties and leaders".

Almost 400 Jammu and Kashmir politicians and leaders, including former Chief Ministers Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti, were either arrested or detained following the centre's decision to withdraw special status. The Centre had imposed several restrictions in the Valley following the revocation in an effort to maintain peace and avoid any untoward incident.

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