Shah Faesal detained at Delhi airport, sent back to Srinagar
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IAS officer-turned-politician Shah Faesal was detained at the Indira Gandhi International airport in New Delhi Wednesday. He was sent to Srinagar, where he was detained under the Public Safety Act (PSA).
Faesal had criticised the government for scrapping special status to J&K, calling it “a demise of the political mainstream in the state.”
“I see it as a catastrophic turn in our collective history, a day when everybody is feeling that it is a death knell to our identity, our history, our right to our land, our right to our existence. A new age of indignation has begun from August 5,” he told The Indian Express in an exclusive interview.
Faesal, the first Kashmiri to top the IAS in 2009, resigned from the service earlier this year and set up J&K People’s Movement with the aim to join mainstream electoral politics.
J&K was put under lockdown on August 4, a day before the government proposed to revoke provisions of Article 370 that granted special status to J&K. Section 144 was imposed in the Valley and mobile, internet and cable TV connections were snapped.
The Indian Express reported that nearly 400 political leaders in the Valley, including former chief ministers Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti, are under detention. Curbs in Jammu were lifted completely today but will continue to remain in some places of Kashmir, the police said.