Clear that situation in JK is not normal

first_imgNew Delhi/Srinagar: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi along with a delegation of various Opposition leaders who reached Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday afternoon to review the situation in the state was sent back to Delhi, according to reports. This came days after they held a protest rally at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi to demand the immediate release of political leaders detained in Kashmir.The delegation includes Communist Party of India leader D Raja, Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Sitaram Yechury, Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad, Anand Sharma and K C Venugopal, Loktantrik Janata Dal chief Sharad Yadav, Trinamool Congress leader Dinesh Trivedi, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam leader Tiruchi Siva, Nationalist Congress Party leader Majeed Memon, Rashtriya Janata Dal MP Manoj Jha and Janata Dal (Secular) leader D Kupendra Reddy. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsGandhi said he accepted Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik’s invitation and visited the state. “We wanted to get a sense of what people are going through, but we weren’t allowed beyond the airport,” he told a news agency. The former Congress president also claimed that the media who were with them had been beaten and mishandled. “It’s clear that situation in Jammu and Kashmir isn’t normal,” Gandhi said. Rajya Sabha MP Ghulam Nabi Azad said the situation in the state was terrifying. “The stories we heard from the passengers of Kashmir present in our flight, would bring tears even to a stone,” he was quoted as saying in a report. The delegation later wrote a letter to Budgam District Magistrate. “We record our strong objection to the basis of our detention, which prima facie is undemocratic and unconstitutional.” The Congress lashed out at the government for halting their visit and asked what the “government is trying to hide”. “If the situation in Jammu and Kashmir is ‘normal’ as the government claims, why has the delegation of Opposition leaders led by Rahul Gandhi been sent back from Srinagar airport,” Congress questioned in a tweet. “What is the Modi govt trying to hide?”last_img read more