NEW DELHI: Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Sitaram Yechury and his party colleague D Raja have been detained at Srinagar airport after they landed there amid a lockdown in Kashmir valley today.
“Sitaram Yechury has being detained at Srinagar Airport and not allowed to move anywhere. This despite the fact that he had informed the administration about his visit to meet CPI(M) MLA MY Tarigami who is not well & other party workers. We strongly protest this illegal detention,” CPI(M) tweeted today.
Before taking the flight, Mr Yechury tweeted he had asked for permission from Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik to meet his colleague Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami, but despite that he and Mr Raja were not allowed to step out of the airport.
“They showed us a legal order which did not allow any entry into Srinagar. It stated that even with escorted movement, entry to the city was not allowed due to security reasons. We are still trying to negotiate with them,” Mr Yechury told news agency on phone.