Rahul-led opposition team sent back from Srinagar

India's top opposition leaders plan to visit Kashmir despite pleas to keep away

Rahul Gandhi, other Indian opposition leaders to visit occupied Kashmir

The delegation comprised of Rahul Gandhi, Ghulam Nabi Azad, D Raja, Sharad Yadav, Manoj Jha and Majeed Memon among others.

This comes after BJP-led central government revoked Article 370 and passed a bill in Parliament which bifurcated the state into two Union Territories.

If the scenario in Jammu & Kashmir is "normal" as the government claims, why has the delegation of Opposition leaders led by Shri @RahulGandhi been despatched again from Srinagar airport?

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In the run-up to the revocation of Article 370, India sent tens of thousands of additional troops into the state and cut off all internet and phone services, with a near total communications blackout imposed throughout the region for the majority of this month.

"Senior Trinamool Congress leader Dinesh Trivedi @DinTri to visit Srinagar on Saturday along with other Opposition leaders. I have never seen such a contradiction".

On August 22, the Indian opposition parties staged a protest in New Delhi, demanding the release of scores of political leaders arrested or detained in Kashmir.

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They might per chance check with other ingredients of the protest, if allowed to enter.

Earlier in the day, senior officials told Reuters the administration in Kashmir had booked a return flight to New Delhi for the opposition leaders to prevent them from leaving the airport. We are responsible political leaders and elected representatives and our intentions are entirely peaceful and humanitarian. "If it's normal, why aren't we allowed?" NDTV reported Azad as saying Saturday morning.

After Rahul expressed concern over reports of violence in Kashmir, J&K governor Satya Pal Malik had offered to fly him to the state so he could see how normal the situation was. Why are Omar Abdullah, Mehbooba Mufti, and Farooq Abdullah under house arrest? In the video, Rahul Gandhi also says the group will only visit peaceful parts of the state to interact with local persons and that if they can not travel as a group, they are willing to spread out individually, also.

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A delegation of opposition leaders including Congress leader Rahul Gandhi was not allowed to step out of Srinagar airport and was sent back an hour after landing in the city. While Friday remained fairly peaceful in the Valley after relaxation and normalcy for the past few days, the weekend is likely to face restrictions in sensitive areas. The restrictions are still in place at several areas in the state.

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