In a breaking development, Jammu and Kashmir People's Movement founder and former IAS officer Shah Faesal was on Wednesday detained at the Delhi airport while he was about to leave the country. He has been sent back to Jammu and Kashmir and placed under preventive custody till further notice. Sources have told that Faesal was going Turkey from Delhi airport, where he was detained and then arrested under the Jammu and Kashmir Public Safety Act (PSA).
Recently amid the Eid celebrations in the country, Shah Faesal posted a tweet saying that there is no Eid until the 'last bit of insult is avenged', in the light of the ongoing situation in Jammu and Kashmir. Fearmongering over events in the Valley, Faesal claimed that the Kashmiris across the world are mourning the 'illegal annexation' of their land. He further went on to say that there would be "no Eid" until everything that has been 'stolen since 1947' is returned.
These remarks came from the J&K political leader even as the police in the Union Territory and the MHA have been reaffirming that there is peace in various regions including Srinagar with not a single shot fired, and the Supreme Court also observed that the government needs to be given reasonable time to ensure normalcy.
Ex-IAS officer Shah Faesal, who shot to limelight after becoming the first Kashmiri to top the civil services exam 2009, resigned from his post earlier in January 2019.
In a brief statement on Facebook, the 35-year-old said his resignation was to protest "the marginalisation and invisiblisation of around 200 million Indian Muslims at the hands of Hindutva forces reducing them to second-class citizens; insidious attacks on the special identity of the state and growing culture of intolerance and hate in mainland India in the name of hyper-nationalism".
Faesal went on to launch his political party 'Jammu and Kashmir People's Movement' at a function in Rajbagh area of Srinagar, which saw the participation from hundreds of the people in the region.