Live: Sitaram Yechury reaches Kashmir, whisked away amid tight security

Yechury landed in Srinagar armed with a Supreme Court order and proceeded to meet his ailing comrade for three hours.
Sitaram Yechury
Sitaram Yechury

New Delhi, AUg 29: With the permission of the Supreme court, Communist Party of India (M) leader Sitaram Yechury left for Srinagar from Delhi Airport to visit Jammu And Kashmir and meet his party leader and former MLA, Yousuf Tarigami who is not in good health.

Kashmir Live: As soon as the CPM General Secretary landed Srinagar, he was whisked away in a VIP entourage of more than seven cars to take him to Tarigami’s residence.

Pakistan has successfully tested the surface-to-surface ballistic missile Ghaznavi, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said on Thursday.

Jammu and Kashmir has been under strict restrictions since the government announced its decision on Article 370 on August 5. In an attempt to avoid any backlash; phone and internet services have been suspended.

“The petitioner student Mohammad Aleem Sayeed shall be allowed to travel to Jammu and Kashmir and visit Anantnag and visit his parents and file an affidavit after his return,” the top court said, ordering the government to facilitate his travel and give him adequate protection.

The court allowed a Kashmiri student who wants to meet his parents and Left leader Sitaram Yechury to visit Jammu and Kashmir.

Court ruled after hearing the pleas on the end of special status to the state under Article 370 and travel and security restrictions in place for nearly a month.

Sayeed, a law student from the Jamia Millia Islamia university, had petitioned the court that he had not been able to travel to Srinagar and had no idea how his parents were. He had expressed his fear that his parents may have been detained.

On CPM leader Sitaram Yechury’s petition to meet with his party colleague Yousuf Tarigami, Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said: “We will allow you to visit. You are going only to meet your friend? A citizen of this country wants to meet his friend. What’s the difficulty?”

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