Ghulam Nabi Azad Stopped from Visiting J&K Again, Sent Back to Delhi from Jammu Airport


New Delhi:Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad was stopped at the Jammu airport on Tuesday and sent back to Delhi, a party leader said, the second time in a month the former chief minister was not allowed to visit Jammu and Kashmir.

“Azad sahib had arrived from Delhi at around 2.45 pm and was not allowed to move out from the airport and forcibly sent back in a return flight to Delhi at 4.10 pm,” state Congress chief spokesperson Ravinder Sharma said.

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The leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha was not allowed to go home or attend the party meeting at state Congress headquarters either, Azad’s close aides said. The Congress leader will return back to Delhi in the evening through a GoAir flight.

Meanwhile, the Congress leader hit out at the centre and said stopping politicians from visiting J&K is sign of intolerance. “It’s not right for democracy. If mainstream political parties won’t visit, then who will go? Three former chief ministers in J&K are already under house arrest and one former CM is not being allowed to enter the state, it is a sign of intolerance,” news agency ANI quoted him saying.

Earlier on August 8, Azad was briefly detained and sent back from the Srinagar airport after the administration imposed restrictions following the Centre’s move to scrap the state’s special status and bifurcate it into Union territories.