Srinagar: Bollywood actor Anupam Kher returned to New Delhi after Jammu and Kashmir police denied him entry into Srinagar after he landed at the Srinagar airport on Sunday morning.
Kher had announced that he would visit NIT to “express solidarity with and provide moral support to the students.”
“As I return from Srinagar airport, my heart is heavy but I have hope that things will change & become better. I remain an #EternalOptimist,” Kher tweeted.
Earlier, in a series of tweets, Kher wrote that police detained him at the airport but he asked them for the official orders.
“I have been told by J&K police that I cannot enter Srinagar city at all. I have asked them to show me the orders. Still at the airport,” Kher tweeted.
“Asked J&K Police if I can visit my ancestral home or Kheer Bhawani temple. Even that is not allowed. Basically it is #AirportArrest,” Kher said in another tweet.
“I am not going to flare-up this issue. I will visit there as a citizen, I don’t have any political fan following. I will also try to meet Mehbooba ji. I have not informed anyone, I have no security arrangements, I am going as a passenger,” he told a news agency.
Bagga stopped at Lakhanpur
A group of youths, including students of various institutions from New Delhi, who had announced they would ‘show solidarity’ with non-Kashmiri students at NIT Srinagar, were denied entry into Jammu and Kashmir last night.
More than a hundred youth led by rightwing activist Tejinder Pal Singh Bagga were intercepted near Lakhanpur and asked to return.
Bagga heads a group, Bhagat Singh Kranti Dal that attacked veteran azaadi leader Syed Ali Geelani and writer-activist Arundhati Roy in New Delhi in the past. Christened as Tiranga yatra, Bagga had announced to lead the rally up to NIT Srinagar to hoist Indian national flag. However, on Sunday morning, the rally was abandoned at Lakhanpur. The youth started their journey from New Delhi’sGurdwara Rikab Ganj on Saturday.
Reports said that the youth on board a bus were first stopped at Madhopur by Punjab Police but allowed to proceed to Jammu Kashmir after questioning. As they crossed the bridge over Ravi, they started raising slogans “Bharat Mata Ki Jai’” and “Jahan Hue Bali Mukherjee Who Kashmir Hamara Hai” (Where Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee laid down his life that Kashmir is ours), they were stopped by the police. “We are going to Srinagar to tell students at NIT-Srinagar that they are not alone in their fight against anti-nationals,” Bagga said. The police FIR against students there shall be withdrawn, one of them said.
Following the night-long discussions between them, the youth finally agreed to return to Delhi. The later handed over the tri-colour to Additional SP Kathua, Khalil Poswal, asking him to unfurl it at NIT Srinagar.
Bagga told Kashmir Reader on phone that his movement on highway was disclosed to police by the media-persons. “Police in Kashmir doesn’t want us to unfurl tricolour in Srinagar. The media and police in Kashmir are hand in glow’, he said.
He said that he would not speak to Kashmiri media persons in future.
Interestingly, the right wing groups and activists have launched a tirade against the J&K Police branding it as “anti-national force”. The police are accused of taking action against non-local students of NIT who went on rampage on March 31 attacking assets and property of the institute. The incident took place after Indian cricket team was defeated by West Indies in WT20 Cricket tournament semi-final.