The Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Sitaram Yechury has been detained at Srinagar airport and has reportedly been confined from moving anywhere.
"Leader Sitaram Yechury is detained at Srinagar Airport and is not allowed to move anywhere. This incident happened despite the fact that he had informed the administration about his visit to meet CPIM MLA MY Tarigami who is not well & other party workers. We strongly protest this illegal detention," tweeted CPI (M) in their official page.
Yechuri said that the airport officials showed him a legal order which did not allow any entry into Srinagar due to security reasons. He added that they are still trying to negotiate with them.
Leader D Raja is also detained along with Yechury at the airport. Before taking the flight, they asked permission from Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik for a meeting with their colleague Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami, but still, the left leaders were denied to enter the state.
"Both of us had written to the Jammu and Kashmir governor requesting him that there should be no hurdles for our visit. Despite that we have been detained in the airport. I wanted to meet my ailing colleague and our comrades who are here in Kashmir," said Yechury.
Yesterday, while addressing the nation on scrapping Article 370, Prime Minister Narendra Modi claimed that the Centre would ensure that people didn't face any difficulties during the celebrations of Eid-ul-Adha celebrations on Monday.
Congress MP Ghulam Nabi Azad was also restricted on Thursday at Srinagar airport and was sent back. He also came to meet the Congress leaders in Srinagar.
Chief Ministers Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah are still under police detention.
The Centre has deployed over thousands of security personnel across Kashmir valley after removing the special status of Jammu and Kashmir and dividing it into two Union Territories.