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Shah Faesal detained at Delhi airport while trying to leave country, sent back to Srinagar

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Shah Faesal

Former IAS officer and politician Shah Faesal was detained at the New Delhi international airport on Wednesday under the Public Safety Act (PSA). Faesal was detained by the authorities at the Indira Gandhi International airport and sent back to Srinagar, news agency PTI reported. Authorities said that Faesal was trying to leave the country and planned to board a flight to Istanbul, Turkey. On his arrival in Srinagar, Faesal was detained again.

Faesal had opposed the government's decision to revoke special status to Jammu and Kashmir calling in a 'catastrophic turn in our collective history.'

Earlier this year, Faesal had resigned from the IAS and started his party J&K People’s Movement. Faesal had made the headlines when he became the first Kashmiri to top the IAS examination in 2009.

The Narendra Modi-led government had on August 5 abrogated Article 370, the temporary provision that provided a special status to the state of Jammu and Kashmir. The government also announced that Jammu and Kashmir would be split into 2 Union territories - Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.

A day ahead of presenting the resolution in the Parliament, section 144 was imposed in Jammu and Kashmir. A number of mainstream political leaders, including former chief ministers Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti, were arrested in J&K.

Eid al-Adha was celebrated peacefully on Monday after the government partially lifted the restrictions. The authorities said that residents were allowed to visit mosques and offer prayers. “#Eid #prayers concluded #peacefully in various parts of the #valley. No untoward incident reported so far,” the Jammu and Kashmir Police said in a tweet.

The government is constantly monitoring the situation in the state in order to minimise the inconvenience caused to people during the restrictions imposed on movement.