Yashwant Sinha sent back from Srinagar airport

Yashwant Sinha

Srinagar | Former BJP leader Yashwant Sinha on Tuesday was not allowed to leave the Srinagar airport and was sent back to New Delhi.

Sinha arrived at the Srinagar Airport along with Air Marshal Kapil Kak (retired) and social activist Sushoba Bhave this afternoon.

Surprised on seeing Mr Sinha de-boarding a flight from Delhi, airport officials and the police immediately escorted him to the VIP lounge, as there was no information about whether to allow him to enter the city.

Sinha was later asked to return.

Yashwant Sinha said that he was asked not to leave the Srinagar airport by the authorities there as he was a “threat to peace”.

“When I landed, I was told that I could not leave Srinagar airport and venture in the Kashmir. The authorities told me I cannot leave the Srinagar airport as I am a threat to peace,” Yashwant Sinha told a news channel.

Yashwant Sinha had travelled to Kashmir as a part of an NGO group called Concerned Citizens Group. Apart from the ex-BJP leader, the group included Kapil Kak, Bharat Bushan and Sushoba Barnad. They were stopped form venturing out of the airport after landing at 11:30 am, sources said.

They had reportedly travelled to Kashmir to understand ground realities of the state, which is currently unde a lockdown.

Yashwant Sinha has been a vocal critic of the current BJP government.

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