Rahul Gandhi, other senior Congress leaders sent back from Kashmir airport
Restrictions have been imposed in Jammu and Kashmir since August 5 when government announced scrapping of Article 370 of Indian Constitution and bifurcate it into two Union Territories.
The Jammu And Kashmir Information and Public Relations Department on Friday tweeted political leaders should not "not visit Srinagar as they would be putting other people to inconvenience" at a "time when the government is trying to protect the people of Jammu and Kashmir from the threat of cross border terrorism and attacks..."
attempts should not be made by senior political leaders to disturb the gradual restoration of normal life. Political leaders are requested to cooperate and not visit Srinagar as they would be putting other people to inconvenience. (2/3)— DIPR-J&K (@diprjk) August 23, 2019
Ghulam Nabi Azad and Anand Sharma were other two senior leaders from Congress who accompanied Rahul Gandhi today.
Mr Azad was twice stopped at Jammu airport, most recently on Tuesday, and was "forcibly" sent back to Delhi both times.
"We are all responsible political parties and leaders. We are not going to break any law. The Jammu and Kashmir situation is very concerning. It's close to 20 days. No news for 20 days. The government says the situation is normal. But then they don't allow leaders to go? Haven't seen such contradiction... If it's normal, why aren't we allowed?" Mr Azad said before he left for the airport this morning in Delhi, news agency ANI reported.