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Kashmir Politician Shah Faesal stopped to leave India, placed under house arrest

Srinagar/New Delhi, Aug 14 : Former IAS officer-turned-politician Shah Faesal was stopped from leaving the country on Wednesday. He was detained at Delhi airport and was sent back to Srinagar, where he was placed under house arrest under the Public Safety Act.

The Public Safety Act allows maximum detention of two years without judicial scrutiny and is only applicable in Jammu and Kashmir.This shows that Modi government wants to supress the views of the people.

It is being perceived that Modi government is using force to muzzle people and their voices so that world should not know what is happening in Jammu and Kashmir and therefore the media is not allowed to take videos.

Faesal was stopped before he could reach the immigration desk at the Indira Gandhi International airport here. But why he was stopped from flying abroad as there was no lookout notice against him.

Faesal, a vocal critic of the Narendra Modi government’s decision to scrap the special status of Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcate the state, had said on Twitter on Tuesday that Kashmir “needed a non-violent political mass movement for restoration of political rights”.

“Kashmir will need a long, sustained, non-violent political mass movement for restoration of the political rights. Abolition of Article 370 has finished the mainstream. Constitutionalists are gone. So you can either be a stooge or a separatist now. No shades of grey,” the 35-year-old tweeted on Tuesday.

Faesal is the latest Jammu and Kashmir politician to be placed under house arrest. Former chief ministers Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti have been under arrest since August 4, as part of a huge security clampdown to prevent any major backlash following the government’s Kashmir decisions. Phone and internet services are still down in the Kashmir Valley and curfew-like restrictions are in place.

In another controversial tweet,Faesal had said: “There is no Eid. Kashmiris across the world are mourning the illegal annexation of their land. There shall be no Eid till everything that has been stolen and snatched since 1947 is returned back. No Eid till the last bit of insult is avenged and undone.” He was accused by critics of sedition.

Faesal, an MBBS, quit IAS in January to protest against what he called “unabated killings” in Kashmir and the “marginalization of Indian Muslims”. He became the first Kashmiri to top the IAS exam in 2009.

On the Shah Faesal’s detention, Jammu and Kashmir principal secretary for planning commission Rohit Kansal said, “Any detention or arrest is based on local assessment of law and order requirement and taken accordingly. We will not comment on individuals.”

ADGP SJM Gillani confirmed that there have been detentions under Public Safety Act, and there have been preventive arrests as well. “Some people have also been shifted out of the state,” he said.

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