Indian opposition leaders including former Congress president Rahul Gandhi were denied entry and barred from leaving the airport in Kashmir today.
The leaders of opposition parties including Congress, the Communist Party and the All India Trinamool Congress said they wanted to assess the situation in the valley.
Talking to reporters before departing, they said if the situation is normal then why the government is restricting us from entering the valley.
They said on the one hand the government says things are normal and on the other they impose entry restrictions.
When their plane arrived in Srinagar, the politicians were not allowed to leave the airport and were sent back within few hours.
The valley has been under lockdown since Modi’s decision to withdraw special rights for the Muslim-majority state.
It was the second time that senior opposition figures were denied entry to the state since the Prime Minister Modi’s Aug. 5 announcement.