Situation in Kashmir not normal, says Rahul Gandhi » Kashmir Media Service

New Delhi, August 25 (KMS): The situation in Jammu and Kashmir is clearly not normal, said Congress leader, Rahul Gandhi, after a delegation of opposition leaders was denied permission to step out of the Srinagar airport and sent back to New Delhi.

Speaking to reporters after landing at Delhi airport, he said that the delegation, comprising 12 opposition leaders, wanted to get a sense of what people were undergoing, however, they were not allowed to move beyond the airport. He further said that media personnel, who accompanied the delegation, were mishandled and beaten up.

“Some days ago I was invited by the governor to visit Kashmir. I accepted the invitation. We wanted to get a sense of what people are going through, but we weren’t allowed beyond the airport.

Later, the Congress party’s Twitter handle wrote, “The government is saying everything is okay here & everything is normal. If everything is normal why are we not allowed out? Was it not Governor Satya Pal Malik that invited Mr. Gandhi to come to J&K and assess the situation for himself?”

The delegation comprised Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Anand Sharma and KC Venugopal, CPIM’s Sitaram Yechuri, CPI’s D Raja, RJD’s Manoj Jha, JDS’s Kupendra Reddy, NCP’s Majeed Memon, DMK’s Tiruchi Siva, LJD’s Sharad Yadav, and TMC’s Dinesh Trivedi.

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