Kashmiri bureaucrat-turned-politician stopped at airport, detained after return to J&K

Bureaucrat-turned-politician Shah Faesal

New Delhi, Aug 14: Bureaucrat-turned-politician Shah Faesal was on Wednesday stopped from leaving the country and sent back to Srinagar, an official said.

According to an immigration official, Faesal was sent back to Jammu and Kashmir on another flight after he was stopped at the Indira Gandhi International Airport.

Faesal, the President of the J&K Peoples Movement party, has been critical of the Indian government's decision to abrogate Article 370 of the Constitution which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir.

The former bureaucrat from Jammu and Kashmir had floated the political outfit after resigning from the Indian Administrative Service (IAS).

After being detained at the Delhi airport, he was again detained under the PSA on his arrival in Srinagar, the officials said.

Earlier, the government announced on Tuesday that it will ease restrictions on the movement of people in the Valley in a phased manner while claiming that normalcy has been restored in the Jammu division.

Government spokesperson Rohit Kansal said here that the decision to ease restrictions was taken after an assessment by local authorities of the situation prevailing in various parts of the Valley.

Kansal, who was accompanied by Commissioner Secretary Information M.K. Dwivedi and Director, Information and Public Relations, Syed Sehrish Asgar, also announced that there is no shortage of medicines, including life saving drugs, in any part of the Valley.

The spokesperson said that medical services are being provided to the people without any hindrance and claimed that 13,500 patients have been treated in the out patients departments (OPDs) of the government hospitals. The officials claimed that 1,400 new admissions have also been done while 600 patients have undergone medical procedures.

The traffic flow on the national highway is moving smoothly while air operations are also normal, the officials said.The administration also carried out a full dress rehearsal for the Independence Day functions to be held in every district on Thursday.


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