New delhi sources stated that Shah Faesal, the Kashmiri IAS topper who quit the civil services for politics, was detained at the delhi airport on Wednesday, reportedly when he was about to fly abroad. Meanwhile he was sent back to srinagar, where he was placed under house arrest under the Public Safety Act and reports suggest he was on his way to Istanbul.
Furthermore Shah Faesal had been sharply critical on social media about the government's move to end special status to Jammu and Kashmir and split it into two union territories. Apparently yesterday, he warned on Twitter that Kashmir "needed a non-violent political mass movement" for restoration of political rights. The 35 year old tweeted "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”.
Reportedly Mr Faesal is the latest Jammu and Kashmir politician to be placed under house arrest and 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.