Yashwant Sinha stopped at Srinagar airport, made to return to Delhi as Kashmir lockdown continues

  • Former BJP leader Yashwant Sinha was not allowed to enter Srinagar, which is under communication clampdown and restrictions.

  • On his arrival at the Srinagar airport, officials immediately escorted him to the VIP lounge as there was no information about whether to allow him to enter the city.

  • Officials claimed Sinha initially said he would stay put at the airport until he was allowed to enter Srinagar, but later on agreed to return to Delhi.

Srinagar: Former BJP leader Yashwant Sinha reached the Srinagar airport on Tuesday but was not allowed to enter the city which is under communication clampdown and restrictions, and he had to return to Delhi.

Sinha arrived at the Srinagar airport along with former air vice-marshal Kapil Kak and social activist Sushoba Bhave on Tuesday afternoon. Surprised on seeing Sinha deboarding a flight from Delhi, airport officials and the police immediately escorted him to the VIP lounge as there was no information about whether to allow him to enter the city.

 Yashwant Sinha stopped at Srinagar airport, made to return to Delhi as Kashmir lockdown continues

File image of Yashwant Sinha. PTI

The 81-year-old Sinha was politely asked to return as he was not allowed to enter the city which has been witnessing restrictions and clampdown on communication network since 5 August, the day when the Centre abrogated the special status to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370.

Sinha argued with the officials to show him the order under which he was not allowed to enter the city, the officials said. He was reluctant even to board a return flight and conveyed to the state officials that he would stay put at the airport until he was allowed to enter the city, the officials said.

The state administration and police officials finally managed to persuade his accompanying team members, following which Sinha was put on the last flight of the day to Delhi and sent back. Kak and Bhave were allowed to move into the city.

This is not the first time that political leaders were not allowed the enter Srinagar and were made to return from the airport itself.

A number of Opposition leaders including, Congress' Rahul Gandhi, Ghulam Nabi Azad and Communist Party of India general secretary D Raja were forced to return from the Srinagar airport.

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Updated Date: Sep 18, 2019 00:02:59 IST