Srinagar, Aug 9 : (CPI-M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury and CPI leader D Raja were stopped at the Srinagar airport here on Friday morning and subsequently denied entry into the city, official sources said.
"Comrade D Raja and I are on our way to Srinagar on the 9.55 am Indigo flight to meet Com Yousuf Tarigami and our other comrades in Jammu & Kashmir" Mr Yechury had tweeted before leaving.
On Thursday, the CPI(M) leader had written a letter to J&K Governor Satya Pal Malik informing him about his visit to Srinagar. "I hope the administration will not create any hurdles in discharging my responsibilities as leader of my party" Yechury had said.
Congress MP and leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad was also detained at the Srinagar airport where he had arrived to hold a meeting with the party leaders at the Pradesh Congress Committee office yesterday. Later, he was sent back to Delhi.
Upon arriving back at the Indira Gandhi airport in Delhi, Mr Azad said, "They detained us from 11.30 am to 4.30 pm at Srinagar airport and sent us back from there and did not allow us to go home or to attend the meeting. I was accompanied by PCC president Jammu & Kashmir Ghulam Ahmed Mir. (UNI)