Opposition, press faced draconian, brute force in J&K: Rahul Gandhi


New Delhi, Aug 25 (IANS): Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Sunday said Opposition leaders and the press had got a taste of the current "draconian administration" in Jammu and Kashmir.

In a tweet, the former Congress President said: "It has been 20 days since the people of Jammu and Kashmir had their freedom and civil liberties curtailed."

A delegation of Opposition leaders, including Gandhi, had earlier expressed its intent to visit the Valley to gain first-hand experience of the situation following the abrogation of Article 370. The leaders, however, were not allowed by state administration officials to leave the Srinagar airport when they arrived there on August 24.

Gandhi insisted with the officials that he had come at the invitation of the Governor, and even suggested the group could split up and the members could visit the Valley individually.

The officials, however, did not budge, leaving the leaders no other option but to return to the national capital.

Gandhi later also tweeted that the Opposition and the press had got a taste of the "draconian administration" and "brute force" unleashed on the people of Jammu and Kashmir, when they tried to visit Srinagar on Saturday.

Gandhi has also published video footage of his discussions with the local authorities. One of the officials read out the order issued on the movement of the delegation of Opposition leaders.

Gandhi in a video alleged that mediapersons accompanying the delegation were mishandled and beaten up, and claimed it is clear that things are not normal in Jammu and Kashmir.

The delegation included Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad, Anand Sharma and K.C. Venugopal, CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury, Tiruchi Siva (DMK), Sharad Yadav (LJD), Dinesh Trivedi (TMC), D.S. Raja (CPI), Majeed Menon (NCP), Manoj Jha (RJD) and D. Kupendra Reddy JD(S).

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  • NN, NN

    Mon, Aug 26 2019

    Kashmir is in transition. Give them time to settle down. Then visit and enjoy delicious Kashmiri apples, grapes, and chillies. Wait and see the Kashmir will be a heaven on earth going forward.

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  • Mohan Prabhu, Mangalore (Kankanady)/Ottawa, Canada

    Mon, Aug 26 2019

    These Opposition guys collectively or in groups are stoking separatist tendencies in J&K and were rightly turned back; they should wait until things are back to normal. As matters stood, Pak infiltrators had been preparing for separatism and union with PoK to form a alliance with the whole of J&K. Indirectly they are supporting Pakistan. No patriotic Indian can tolerate that.

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  • Sanjeev Kamath, Udupi / Seattle

    Mon, Aug 26 2019

    It would have been appreciable if Shriman Rahul Gandhi and his gang had met a few Hindus driven out of Kashmir or those stll bravely living there, to understand both sides of the coin.

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  • netizen, Mangaluru

    Sun, Aug 25 2019

    The aim is to turn JK into Palestine which is likely seems a mission impossible due to the existence of its sympathisers and nuclear neighbor state. Without winning the hearts of JK people the reforms cannot be achieved.

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  • LAN.........,, Belman / Washington, DC.

    Sun, Aug 25 2019

    People,

    If Indians have any self respect...none of the people in the above picture should be allowed to win any elections moving forward in India...lets see...If they want to win, let them Contest in Pakistan...

    I am sure , Indians are keenly observing...what these people are doing...and respond to them , at appropriate time...

    I know I kept my foot on the tail of their supporters in this forum, so be it...

    ...Tak...Takk...

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  • Hariprasad Hegde, Udupi

    Sun, Aug 25 2019

    LAN... Belman/Washington... read what i am attaching to you, which was a reply by Nitin, kodagu to Mohan Prabhu who is enjoying in canada...

    nitin, kodagu Sat, Aug 24 2019
    Mohan Prabhu, Mangalore (Kankanady)/Ottawa, Canada <
    people like u sitting at comfort zone at canada predicting everything normal in india. why dont you come and live in kashmir leaving your comfort zone canada and tell the world that evrying is going fine here. press and oppostion parties are not allowed to enter kashmir that only tells how terrible life has become der.
    So you too better shut your mouth and enjoy your life in state.

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  • Jai India, Mangalore

    Sun, Aug 25 2019

    Please ask Ajit Doval which part of Kashmir is peaceful and normal as he has stayed in Kashmir in various locations and had dinner parties with locals for about 3-4 weeks as per the photographs and his report but the opposition and press is not allowed. So, who is telling the unspoken deafening truth?????

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  • ad, mangaluru

    Sun, Aug 25 2019

    J& K people are under occupation.

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